NAGTAKDA ang Department of Agriculture (DA) ng suggested retail prices (SRPs) para sa pangunahing agricultural commodities sa layuning maprotektahan ang mga consumer laban sa hindi makatuwirang pagtataas ng presyo.

“Under the Price Act, the DA is directed, whenever necessary, to issue a Suggested Retail Price or SRP for any or all basic necessities and prime commodities under its jurisdiction for the information and guidance of producers, retailers, and consumers,” wika ni Agriculture Secretary William Dar sa isang  statement kahapon.

Nilagdaan ni Dar ang DA Administrative Circular No. 01 nitong Pebrero 20.

“The circular covers Metro Manila markets only. The implementing rules and regulations also direct the DA to determine, recommend, and enforce price ceilings when necessary,” anang Agriculture chief.

Sakop ng circular ang mga sumusunod na food items, na may kanya-kanyang SRP per kilogram: Pork (pigue/kasim) – P190; Chicken (whole, dressed) – P130; Sugar (raw, brown) – P45; Sugar (refined) –  P50; Bangus (cage-cultured) – P162; Tilapia (pond-cultured) – P120; Galunggong (imported) – P130; Garlic (imported) – P70; Garlic (local) –  P120; at Red onion (imported) – P95.

“We will conduct regular monitoring of these agri-fishery commodities to protect consumers against hoarding and profiteering of unscrupulous traders and cartels, who manipulate for their advantage the supply, distribution, marketing and prices of basic agri-fishery goods,” ani Dar.

“The DA is joining forces with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and respective LGUs in Metro Manila to strictly monitor the prices in public markets on a regular basis, and impose sanctions on erring retailers,” dagdag pa niya.

Ang SRP circular ay ilalathala sa dalawang national newspapers, at magiging epektibo pagkalipas ng tatlong araw, o sa Lunes, Pebrero 24.   PNA

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