METRO Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive officer Frank Carbon is urging the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to come up with the suggested retail price (SRP) of agricultural products to prevent unscrupulous businessmen from taking advantage this holiday season.
“SRP for chicken, pork, fish, vegetables and even rice should be in place this time because of high demand for Christmas and New Year,” Carbon pointed out.
He made the appeal as he revealed that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Western Visayas has already come out recently with the SRPs of basic necessities and prime commodities.
Carbon said they have been calling the DA regional director but she is not answering his calls.
He said the DTI’s SRP is timely because, despite the rollback of the prices of fuel products, prices of prime commodities and agricultural products are not going down.
“We cannot feel and see the effect of the rollback in the prices of fuels. It's good there was a rollback but price increase on fuel price is looming next week,” Carbon stressed.
Carbon also emphasized that SRP really matters at this time especially that the government is saying that it will implement the P2 additional excise tax on fuels in January 2019.
“SRP will really prevent any attempt to take advantage of the situation. It is necessary to protect everybody from high prices,” he added. (TDE)