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Bread prices stable; enough LPG supply seen in La Union

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (3 February) -- Bread prices remains stable as prices of flour also showed no possible sign of increase in the province of La Union, so as enough supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is seen based on the weekly price monitoring conducted last week by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - La Union Provincial Office.

According to the local DTI, pandesal, being one of the Ilocanos' staple food for breakfast remains at its prevailing price of P2.00 per piece together with loaf bread (400 g.) at P30.00 and (600 g.) at P38.00 which is almost the same compared to the prices a week and even a month ago.

No signs of hoarding of LPG showed as there are enough supply in all the outlets monitored particularly in the city of San Fernando.

Hard flour (1st class) remains at its prevailing price of P920.00 at 25 kg. per bag; soft flour (3rd class) is still P840.00 per bag, DTI added.

In the national scene, LPG shortage continues as the Department of Energy (DOE) claims that distribution problem is the primary cause of the malady. Illegal re-fillers which reports say, involves some influential people have been contributing to the shortage of cooking gas in the market.

DOE reported that 200 cases have been filed against these perpetrators, and one case has already reached the Court of Appeals.

Meanwhile, President Arroyo has given the department two weeks to solve the problem as this will unlikely give more burden to the Filipinos in the advent of the global economic slowdown which is slowly being felt in the country. (PIA La Union) [top]

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