DA spearheads conference for Regional Task Force on Price, Volume Watch

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Created on Monday, 09 September 2013 Published Date

As the “ber” months come in, the Department of Agriculture (DA) anticipates an “unstable” price fluctuation of agricultural products as dictated by the law of supply and demand.

In order to address this concern, DA- 8, through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), conducted a meeting with the Regional Task Force on Price and Volume Watch (RTF- PVW) in Eastern Visayas.

This forum was held on September 3, 2013 at the department’s Conference Hall B. It was participated in by provincial and city veterinarians and representatives from the National Task Force on Price and Volume Watch, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS), Veterinary Quarantine Services, Bontoc Multipurpose Cooperative and the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID).

Regional Executive Director Antonio G. Gerundio, Chairman of RTF- PVW 8, emphasized that the economic trends of products change as the holiday season starts. Accordingly, it has been noted that the shift in demand or supply greatly affects the price of certain commodities. “Thus, it should be one of the government’s concerns to watch over the prices of these commodities since the welfare of the public is at stake in such situations, “Dir. Gerundio stated.

He also highlighted that it is not only the price that should be given attention, but also the quality of products.

Other topics discussed during the meeting include the basic concepts of RA 7394 (or the Price Act) and RA 7581 (or the Consumer Act). Ms Aracelie D. Larraga and Mr. Felizardo A. Salonoy both from DTI discussed the salient point of the two laws, with both emphasized the consumers’ rights and responsibilities.

Other matters presented were on livestock statistics given by Mr. Omar Quero of Regional Agricultural Statistics Office and on the weekly prevailing retail prices of meat and poultry in Tacloban City by Mr. Victor A. Paran from BAS.

Moreover, Dr. Marian S. Zartiga of the National Meat Inspection Services 8 tackled the rules and regulations on proper meat handling. She focused more on the Administrative Orders No. 5 and 6 of the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines. Said regulations cover relevant issues on proper handling of meat and meat products from the transport stage to the actual sale of said products. (MARY SHARMAINE I. GABORNES, Intern, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFID)

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