Food supply enough as COVID-19 lockdown reaches halfway mark: trade chief


Posted at Mar 30 2020 08:31 AM | Updated as of Mar 30 2020 09:09 AM

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MANILA -- There is enough food supply as the lockdown of millions in the Philippines' Luzon region reached the halfway point, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Monday.

Food supplies can pass through checkpoints and authorities have arrested 59 profiteers, Lopez told DZMM. The "enhanced community quarantine" is scheduled to end on April 12.

"Madami ang supply pati sa mga grocery (There's abundant supply, even in groceries)," Lopez said, citing his inspection of markets with Agriculture Sec. William Dar.

"Malaki ang iginanda ng paggalaw ng mga kargamento (The movement of cargo greatly improved)," he said.

Special lanes for seniors are required in groceries. Check-out lanes are also organized to separate big carts from baskets, he said.

Lopez said he had been on self-quarantine since Saturday, without symptoms of COVID-19. He said he was in several meetings with a recent confirmed infection, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Felimon Santos Jr.