MANILA - Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Tuesday said the truck ban in the city should not be blamed for a supposed shortage in chicken supply.
"Bakit ang McDo may chicken?" he asked.
Estrada was referring to fastfood giant McDonalds, which has not reported any supply shortage in comparison with Jollibee, which has been forced to temporarily close 72 stores in Metro Manila and nearby areas.
Customers earlier said they can't order the popular ChickenJoy meals from Jollibee.
In a statement, Jollibee Foods vice-president for marketing Harvey Ong said a major systems upgrade was the main reason why a number of Jollibee stores in Metro Manila and nearby cities were operating on a limited menu.
"Unfortunately, this change in system has initially affected the delivery schedule of raw materials from our commissary to select stores," he said.
Ong clarified that there is no shortage of chicken.
"We would like to clarify that this is NOT a supply issue or a chicken shortage situation. Rest assured that this is only temporary as we are working round the clock to ensure that all our products – including Chickenjoy, Jolly Spaghetti and Yumburgers – will be made available again in all the affected stores soonest. In fact, some of these stores have already begun offering these Jollibee favorites again," he said.
Estrada said he has nothing to do with the issue.
"Hindi ko kasalanan iyon," Estrada said. "Bakit ang McDo hindi naman nagrereklamo?"
He said that vans containing perishable items are allowed in Manila's streets.
NO CHICKEN SHORTAGE
Poultry raisers on Tuesday said that contrary to the statement of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, there is no chicken supply shortage in the country.
Alcala on Monday attributed rising prices to a possible supply shortage.
United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA) Chair Gregorio San Diego rejected Alcala's assessment.
San Diego told dzMM that most chicken sold in markets are locally produced.
He said only 3% of the country's poultry supply is imported.
San Diego also expressed concern about reports that poultry prices in markets have soared to as much as P170 per kilo.
"Pero para sa pangkasalukuyan, kami 'yung grupo namin, nangako kami sa (Department of Agriculture) na kami, 'di aabot ng P100 ang presyo ng live na broiler namin," he said. - with reports from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News; dzMM