'Stable' supply of food, essentials as Luzon braces for longer lockdown


Posted at Apr 08 2020 10:32 AM | Updated as of Apr 08 2020 10:48 AM

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MANILA - The Philippines' supply of food and essentials is "stable" as half the population braced for 3 weeks more under lockdown to beat the coronavirus disease pandemic, the country's trade chief said Wednesday.

Many manufacturers are operating at 80 to 90 percent of capacity, which means that they have a 45-day inventory of raw materials and there are no problems with cargo, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said. 

"As to the production and the supply, pati iyong pinanggalingan na raw materials, agricultural products, maganda ho ang kalagayan. Stable po ang ating inventory," he told DZMM. 

(As to production and supply, the sources of raw materials, agricultural products are in good condition. Our inventory is stable.)

Regulators earlier capped supermarket purchases to make supplies last despite the high demand, Lopez said. 

The Philippines as of Tuesday confirmed 3,764 cases of COVID-19, with 177 deaths and 84 recoveries. 

President Rodrigo Duterte extended until April 30 the lockdown of Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people.