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Mayor cites alternatives to ensure food security


Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday revealed that the city government is taking up alternative measures to ensure food security amid the country’s increasing inflation rate.

Among these alternatives are organic farming and livestock dispersal to maximize food production like chicken and eggs.

“These are alternatives that we need to work on as prices of different basic commodities are increasing,” Climaco said, even as she assured at the press briefing that hopes are high for the prices of basic commodities will go back to normal in due time.

She recalled that as early as August, when the prices of rice started to increase, she immediately convened the Local Price Coordinating Council that resulted in the implementation of price ceiling coupled with the interventions initiated by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.

The mayor said in spite of the scarcity of rice that the city was experiencing, “we were still able to share rice supply to our neighbors like Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi as they also helped us during the siege.”

However, she lamented that there are still barangays like Manalipa, Curuan and Patalon where the price of rice remains high.

Climaco said as the national government is gearing up to address the increasing inflation rate (at 6.7% as reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority), the city government is likewise doing something to cushion the effects of inflation on prices of prime and basic commodities in the local markets.-(Vic Larato)

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