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Bakers’ group: Prices of subsidized breads likely to increase
Bakers’ group: Prices of subsidized breads likely to increase
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Bakers’ group: Prices of subsidized breads likely to increase
by Ada Pelonia18 January 2024

The prices of two subsidized breads, Pinoy Tasty and Pinoy Pandesal, may increase due to the huge price differences from other products, according to the Assosasyon ng Panaderong Pilipino (APP) on Thursday, January 18.

“Yung dalawang produktong binanggit ko ang pinag-uusapan na kung pwede ay galawin na ang presyo dahil malaki na ang price difference nito kumpara sa ibang produkto dahil hindi nagalaw noong nakaraan," APP president Chito Chavez told DZRH in an interview.

Chavez added that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is currently looking into the pleas, but underscored that the agency has the last say.

“Sa kasalukuyan, pinag-uusapan ng DTI kung ito ay papayagan, ito ay pwedeng makataas ang presyo any moment. Pero kapag hinold ng DTI, hindi makakataas ang presyo ng tinapay sa dalawang produktong ito,” Chavez added.

The APP president said an additional two pesos per pack was being lobbied.

“Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, nasa P2 per pack ng 450g [ang idadagdag]. Dahil noong nakaraan, ang hiling namin ay madagdagan ito pero hindi nadagdagan ng tama kalahati lang ang nadagdag,” he said.

“Ang maganda nito, kapag 'di pinayagan ng DTI o bininbin ng isa o dalawa o tatlong buwan, di naman ito pwedeng itaas,” he continued.

When asked if the breads' sizes would change when the price hike appeal got disapproved, Chavez said the recipe and weight would remain unchanged.

“Ito ay isang standard pricing, standard recipe, at standard weight. Mino-monitor ito ng pamahalaan. Hindi pwedeng lumaki o lumiit ang timbang nito pati ang formula dahil sa buong bansa, ito ay standard na ginagawa ng mga bakers,” he said.

Chavez assured the public that, if agreed upon, only the Pinoy Tasty and Pinoy Pandesal would have price increase, allaying any concerns regarding price changes.

“Binibigyan ko ng assurance ang ating mga consuming public na huwag po silang mag-alala [dahil] ito lang pong dalawang produktong ito ang naiwan sa presyuhan kaya po humiling ng kaunting dagdag presyo sa produckto,” he said.

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