Belmonte warns vs pork overpricing
QUEZON City Mayor Josefina Belmonte on Sunday ordered concerned local departments to closely monitor private and public markets amid the surge in pork prices.
She gave assurances that the city remained free from the African swine fever (ASF) as most piggeries had been depopulated.
Belmonte appealed to pork meat traders and retailers to avoid overpricing in the wake of the shortage stemming from the effect of ASF in Luzon.
The mayor said she instructed the city’s Veterinary Department and the Market Development and Administration Department to be in the forefront in the conduct of market inspections.
Based on the daily market report of the veterinary department, meat retailers have been selling pork products up to P300 per kilo, far from the suggested retail price of P260 to P270 per kilo.
“Huwag po tayong mag-overprice sa presyo ng karneng baboy. Nabili niyo po ‘yan sa inyong supplier sa tamang presyo, kaya ibenta niyo rin sa tamang halaga (Let’s not overprice on the price of pork. You bought that from your supplier at the right price, so you should sell at the right price too),” Belmonte said.
She assured residents that the city government will closely monitor all local markets to protect consumers from erring businesses.
“We have tasked people to monitor the markets daily to make sure no one is overpricing not only on the price of pork but on other commodities as well,” the mayor said.
City Veterinarian Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that the hike in pork prices was due to the shortage of live weight or fresh hog supply in Luzon and the restrictions of shipment of live animals from Visayas and Mindanao.
“It is harder to get supply from Visayas and Mindanao because of restrictions in the shipment of live animals due to the pandemic,” she explained.
Cabel echoed the mayor’s statement that there was nothing to worry about the effect of ASF because the local government had cleared most piggeries in the city.
She reminded residents to look for meat inspection certificates to ensure that the meat being sold underwent thorough examination by meat inspectors.
The local government is also inspecting imported and frozen meat being sold in markets and groceries to ensure that these are safe for human consumption, the city officials said.