In a video conference meeting with the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Central Office, the agency heads of the different regional field offices nationwide were instructed to ensure food supply and the implementation of price freeze on agri-fishery products in their respective localities amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Presided by DA officials Engr. Ariel T. Cayanan and Assistant Secretary Andrew Villacorta, the DA execs were directed to initiate the reactivation of the Local Price Coordinating Council at the regional, provincial and city/municipal levels.
Accordingly, a thorough data analysis and agreement among concerned agencies were requested to be undertaken in the setting of price freeze on agri-fishery commodities and shall be approved by said council.
Relatedly, weekly submission of food production, including supply and demand data for rice, corn, vegetables, spices, eggs, poultry, pork, beef, tilapia, bangus, and galunggong, is also required. In particular, the regional directors were asked to further strengthen their coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries of Aquatic Resources in their respective regions to also ensure monitoring and enforcement of the price freeze on fishery products. (DA10/PIA10)