DA calls on fish, seafood, veggie vendors not to raise prices

MANILA — The Department of Agriculture on Thursday appealed to fish, seafood and vegetable vendors to sell these products at reasonable prices.

The agency made the appeal amid reports stating prices of these goods have risen in observance of the Holy Week.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said unscrupulous sellers are starting to sell them at exorbitant prices because of the increase in the demand due to the observance of Lent.

Lent is a time when many Catholics and Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline as they reflect on Jesus Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection.

Many of the faithful have vows not to eat chicken and meat during Holy Week, especially on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, which makes the demand for fish, seafood and other vegetables rise.

Alcala said all the vendors who have not sold fish, seafood and vegetables at extortionate prices, but are already thinking of doing so, must reflect.

He added if these vendors really have their conscience as their guiding light, they will find it in themselves that the consumers should not be made to suffer and bear the weight of their faith.

“Our consumers should not carry the burden of high prices of fish, seafood and vegetables every Lenten season,” Alcala said in Filipino.

On Holy Wednesday, a rise in the prices of vegetables and fish has been noted in several markets in the metropolis. PNA / northboundasia.com