Issue of November 10, 2019
Mt. Province
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Ad hoc team begins inspecting Noche Buena, Christmas items
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

The Department of Trade and Industry and Agriculture, National Meat Inspection Service, in coordination with local governments in the Cordillera will form an ad hoc committee that will inspect grocery stores and other shopping centers to ensure that basic and prime commodities especially Noche Buena items carry suggested retail prices.

DTI-Cordillera Director Myrna Pablo said as of Oct. 31, prices of Noche Buena staples such as pasta and ham has increased by three to 10 percent.

The increase is due to the hike in the cost of raw materials, transportation, and other costs, Pablo added.

She suggested for the public to begin canvassing stores that offer the lowest prices and if they have extra money, to start buying Noche Buena items.

“Para hindi sila mabigla na tumaas ng presyo ng mga pang-Noche Buena. ‘Yung mga hindi madaling mapanis pwede nang bilhin ngayon palang. Hindi na bababa ang presyo ng mga iyan,” Pablo said.

Pablo also advised the public to buy in bigger stores, as the products in small stores cost more because of handling costs. “They usually buy their products from big stores then sell retail, naturally, the product will cost more.” 

She also advised buyers to check the expiry date and that the price on the the price tag matches with price at the cashier.

On the part of the DA and the NMIS, Pablo said they will focus on the inspection of processed meat products especially pork-based such as ham.

Although ham and other products are mostly inspected by the NMIS at the factories, Pablo said it is best to ensure that none of these products get contaminated in transit, especially in light of the DA’s confirmation that the longganisa and hotdogs sold by Pampanga-based meat processing company, Mekeni, are positive of African swine fever virus. 

Pablo said she is confident that the quarantine implemented in the Cordillera is sufficient but the public has to remain vigilant to ensure that contaminated pork will not be able to enter the region.

The DTI also published in its website SRP of some Noche Buena items as of Oct. 31.

The price range of 500 grams ham is between P135 to P189. Ham weighing 700g to 850g costs between P194 to P295. Ham weighing one kilo to 1.5 kilos costs between P299 to P1,095.

Fruit cocktail costs P50.35 to P239.40 with weight ranging from 432g to 3kl.

Cheese would cost between P49.50 to P269.50; queso de bola  P169 to P539; pasta  P18.75 to P98.65; mayonnaise  P28 to P283; spaghetti sauce P22 to P84.20; and cream P47 to P55.

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