There is enough food supply for Metro Manila and nearby provinces that reverted to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said as some households resorted to panic buying of goods.
Dar said, “We have enough food from rice, vegetables, fruits, and chickens. There is also fish.”
While there is ample food supply, Dar said the Department of Agriculture is monitoring the transport of goods to ensure that there would be no problems in checkpoints.
Dar said he has received an initial report of problems in food transportation from Benguet to the capital region, and appealed to local government units to allow the unhampered movement of goods.
He added, “We should help each other so that there will be no rotting vegetables from Benguet to Metro Manila.”
On August 4, Metro Manila reverted to a stricter MECQ along with neighboring provinces Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal.