By Noreen Jazul
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assured the public of enough food supply as the country enters the second half of the quarantine period in Luzon.
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez told DZMM on Monday that there is an “abundant” supply of food in markets and groceries.
“Inallow naman natin ang ating mga food manufacturers na mag produce tuloy tuloy, araw araw,” Lopez said.
“At ngayon, inallow na rin natin ‘yung gumawa ng mga inputs nila, ibig sabihin ‘yung mga raw materials, mga inputs, katulad ng packaging materials at ‘yung ibang inputs ng mga food manufacturers allowed din sila mag operate para tuloy tuloy po ang ating supply chain,” he added.
Lopez also said the transfer of goods has been smoother with the help of the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police.
The DTI secretary, however, noted that there are barangays and municipalities that are not allowing delivery trucks to pass through in their respective checkpoints.
“Pero kapag tinawagan naman ang ating DILG hotline, sinosolve agad ‘yon, pinapadaan agad,” Lopez said.
“Ganon na ‘din sa mga workers, dapat ay padaanin din [kasi] doon nag kakaroon ng…nahihirapan ‘yung mga workers tumawid, so ang nangyayari, ‘yung mga planta, kulang kulang ‘yung workers nila,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lopez said the National Bureau of Investigation, together with the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), has arrested 59 individuals in violation of the price freeze policy implemented by DTI.