Processed meat supply enough during lockdown: DTI

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Posted at Mar 23 2020 02:12 PM

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The Philippines has enough processed meat supply during the lockdown of millions to curb the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry said Monday. 

The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. said over the weekend that its inventory dwindled to only 15 days due to a demand spike and travel restrictions under the lockdown of all households in Luzon. 
 
"Ang ibig sabihin lang po niyan, araw-araw magpo-produce kinakailangan," said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez. 

"'Pag araw-araw sila nagpo-produce at walang impediment, paghihirap sa kanilang produksyon -- ibig sabihin and'yan ang materyales nila, and'yan ang tauhan nila -- hindi naman tayo magkaka-shortage kasi araw-araw nari-replenish iyong mga nabebenta nila sa publiko," he added. 

(That only means they need to produce everyday. If they produce everyday and there is no impediment, meaning their workers and materials are there, we will not have a shortage because the products sold would be replenished daily.) 

Luzon's lockdown until April 12 exempts deliveries of food, hygiene and medical supplies, he said. 
 
"Unhampered movement of cargo is a nationwide policy," Lopez said. 

The Philippines as of Sunday confirmed 380 cases of the disease, which is expected to increase with the expected arrival of additional test kits. The tally includes 25 deaths and 17 patients who recovered. 

DZMM, March 23, 2020