MALACAÑANG assured Sunday that the concerned government agencies are monitoring the quality and price of poultry products in the country amid the confirmed cases of bird flu in Pampanga province.
"Concerned government agencies are now looking at businesses that might take advantage of the situation and are monitoring the price of raw and processed chicken meat in the markets," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
The Department of Agriculture has said that about 200,000 fowls would be culled due to avian influenza subtype H5 in San Luis town in Pampanga.
Abella hailed the agriculture department for acting "fast" on the issue and for managing to isolate and contain the virus.
"We are closely watching the quality and the price of poultry products in the markets as the Department of Agriculture announced the culling of thousands of chicken in Pampanga," he said.
Despite the culling of fowls, he assured that there would be no price hike in chicken meat.
"While we assure the public that there would be no price increase in chicken meat as there is only one area affected by the avian flu, we must see to it that uncontaminated meat is sold in the markets," Abella added.
The Bureau of Animal Industry has sent samples to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, a World Organization for Animal Health Reference to ensure that the avian influenza would not affect humans. (SunStar Philippines/SDR)