Businessman proposes faster, cheaper move to transport agri products to Luzon

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 13 – Airlifting of agricultural goods from Davao City to Luzon using government aircrafts can help ease the skyrocketing prices in the area recently hit the two typhoons, suggested a Davao businessman.

Agriculture Development Board of Davao City (ADBDC) vice chair Ednar Dayanghirang said this can be done through a team-up with the local government and the city's private sector.

"Since there is already an awareness that what's happening in Luzon is really nature's vengeance, then there should be a response from us. Now, the city and Mindanao have a lot to offer when it comes to agricultural products. The problem is the distance but this too can be overcome," Dayanghirang said.

The city government may acquire permission from the executive department for the utilization of Philippine Air Force C-130 planes, while the private sector can supply the agricultural goods to buyers in Luzon, he said.

Dayanghirang said if the government and the private sector can work together to make arrangements, the problem of agriculture food price increase can be addressed in a quicker manner.

Effective actions are necessary as the food supply situation in Luzon is getting darker as an effect to the typhoons' destruction, he said.

On the other hand, City Council Committee on trade and commerce Councilor Peter Lavina welcomed Dayanghirang's suggestion.

"The delivery of agricultural goods is too expensive if these will be done through commercial planes," he said.

Lavina said Malacanang's declaration of a price ceiling on goods applies to the city.

Two weeks ago, the government ordered a price ceiling on goods as follow-up action to declaring areas stricken by the typhoons under a state of calamity. (PNA) LDV/DDB/lvp

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