No food shortage, PAMPI tells House

THERE is no food shortage.

This was clarified by the Philippine Association of Meat Processors, Inc. (PAMPI) to the House of Representatives amid transportation constraints.

Several companies in this group also assured Trade and Industry Sec. Ramon Lopez of enough supplies and normal delivery of basic goods  in Luzon despite the resgion is now under enhanced community quarantine.

However, there are some companies belonging to this group have expressed apprehension over the difficulties in the movement of its people, their goods and the raw materials needed to produce canned and processed goods.

For his part, Sec Lopez had been doing the rounds, calling on local government units, seeking assurance that cargo supplies should not be stopped, although random inspections may still be conducted at checkpoints.

In fact, he noted that, cargo trucks must be allowed to cross borders even if they are coming from areas under lockdown.

He said separate lanes may be established for the good and cargo trucks on national roads.

PAMPI clarified to the House of Representatives that there is no impending shortage.

“Manufacturers and distributors have sufficient inventories in their warehouses that can last for 2 months,” they noted.

In addition, the Philippine Association of Flour Millers (PAFMIL) has also given its assurance that it has enough supply of flour and that it continues to be delivered to bakeries and manufacturers in Luzon.

“While there were initial difficulties on product movement, the situation has eased up and deliveries has since been unhampered,” according to PAFMIL.