Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday announced that the supply of chicken—which was said to have been affected by Typhoon Glenda—will start to normalize next month.
“What is happening is not necessarily shortage, but a disruption in the distribution chain [of chicken]because of Typhoon Glenda. We would need 28 to 31 days [from now]or the one cycle [of a livestock]before we’ll have normal supply,” Alcala told the House appropriations panel when his agency presented its proposed P51.7-billion budget for 2015.
The typhoon hit the country in July with wind speeds reaching 120 kilometers per hour and with gusts of up to 165 kph, leaving at least 98 people dead and P9-billion worth of damages in the agricultural sector.
Fears of chicken shortage were stirred when leading fast-food chain Jollibee earlier closed a number of stores, with favorites Chickenjoy, Yumburgers, Jolly Hotdog and Jolly Spaghetti going out of stock.
In an official statement, Jollibee maintained that it was not a fall in supply but a delay of supply delivery due to a major systems upgrade caused an apparent shortage .
“There are disruptions in the food chain in Regions 3, 7 and 9, but we won’t be short on chicken. We’ll have enough,” Alcala said.