By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assured that there will be no flour shortage in the city assuaging consumers’ worries after one of the city’s major bakeries suddenly halted operations.
DTI-CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo told Mayor Benjamin Magalong that, as per their investigation, the halt in operations of the La Trinidad-based bakeshop was not due to the unavailability of flour, but because of the owner’s desire to protect the employees from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Pablo said one distributor of flour attested that they have the supply after having just delivered to other establishments.
At the moment, the distributor has more than 3,500 sacks supposedly for the local bakeshop that stopped operations, and his problem now was how to dispose of them, Pablo said
Pablo said DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo validated this piece of information and underscored that there was no flour shortage as of now.
Magalong also assured that the city had enough inventory of basic goods and commodities as transport problems have already been addressed.
“For a while, I was worried of possible shortage as our inventory was only good for two weeks when we began the quarantine but now that the flow of supplies is unhampered, the stocks are now being replenished,” he said.