The Department of Agriculture (DA) has extended the imposition of the suggested retail price (SRP) for basic agriculture and fishery products to protect consumers against price irregularities in local markets amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

In a new administrative circular signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, a price freeze for rice and other agricultural commodities will also be in effect in Metro Manila.

Covered are the following food items, with their respective SRP per kilogram (kg):

Pork (pigue/kasim) – P190

Chicken (whole, dressed) – P130

Sugar (brown) – P45

Sugar (refined) – P50

Bangus (cage-cultured) – P162

Tilapia (pond-cultured, fresh-chilled) – P120

Galunggong (imported) – P130

Garlic (imported) – P70

Garlic (local) – P120 and

Red onion (imported) – P95

The covered agriculture and fishery products for the price freeze include galunggong, pork liempo, chicken egg and cooking oil.

As for the price freeze, the covered agriculture and fishery products with their SRP per kg include:

Imported rice

Special – P51
Premium – P42
Well-milled – P40
Regular – P39

Local rice

Special – P53
Premium – P45
Well-milled – P40
Regular – P33
NFA Rice – P27

Roundscad (Galunggong-local) – P130
Pork (liempo) P225
Chicken egg (medium) – P6.50 per piece
Cooking oil (30 ml) – P24
Cooking oil (1 liter) – P50

The implementation of the ECQ in Luzon will end on April 30.

Aside from Luzon, other local government units in the Visayas and Mindanao have imposed similar ECQs in their respective localities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


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