DESPITE the reduced production by sardine factories in Zamboanga Peninsula due to the ongoing conflict, prices of canned goods in Northern Mindanao remained stable, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the region said yesterday.
DTI provincial director Maria Eliza Pabillore of Misamis Oriental said the prices of regular canned sardines remain at P14 to P15 a piece.
Pabillore made the statement to allay fears that prices of canned foods would likely increase since most canned factories were based in the strife-torn city of Zamboanga.
Some residents had expressed the fears that prices of canned sardines might increase due to the sporadic fighting between government troopers and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) there.
Adela Santos, a mother of five in Opol, said that any price increase of the basic commodities particularly canned sardines would certainly affect the poor “like us.”
“We can only afford to buy canned sardines as our source of protein diet since sardines were rich with protein,” she said.
Other local residents here were also worried that any price increase of canned sardines would signal the price hike of other basic commodities such as rice, fish, and meat.
Pabillore said that the DTI is continually monitoring the prices of Zamboanga-based canned sardine factories and would make a price announcement of possible movement of prices of basic commodities, too.
“At the moment, there is nothing to worry since the prices of canned goods and other basic commodities here and in the region remained stable,” Pabillore said. (PNA)