SENATOR Risa Hontiveros said that in a recent
hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, they
knew that aside from the
problem of Covid-19, the
people are facing hunger due
to the rising prices of commodities.
In an interview with
DYRC Aksyon Radyo Cebu,
Hontiveros said the Filipinos
are now experiencing food
crisis because of the skyrocketing prices of daily needs.
She said that aside from
the so-called “Ayuda” and
band-aid solution, the government must have a longterm food production program.
“We should not only focus on giving financial assistance to the consumers
but also to help the market
vendors, livestock producers, farmers and fisherfolks
among others. They must be assisted in recovering economically. All the Filipinos
are now suffering from the
high prices of commodities,”
Hontiveros said that increasing food production is
one way to survive in this
“If our food supply is
abundant, because the government is supporting the food producers down to the
market vendors, and the consumers who will have jobs,
we can resolve the food crisis,” Hontiveros said.
She said that in the Senate Agriculture Committee
hearing, several questions
were heard like: Is the current
high prices of commodities
based on supply and demand,
cartel, or manipulation?
She added that even the
market vendors are help less because the delivered
food stocks are already highpriced.
“Where can the vendors
get profit when the food products are already high-priced
when delivered? That’s why
we are amenable to the proposal of Secretary Ramon
Lopez of the Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI) for
a suggested retail price (SRP)
in all levels. The DTI and Department of Agriculture (DA)
must also join hands in controlling the prices of farm
products,” Hontiveros said.
ELIAS O. BAQUERO