Dumagete City – Rice traders in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental have assured the city government of Dumaguete it has sufficient rice supply that could last for one or two months when invited by the Sanggunian Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova to focus discussions on their sector.
The assurance came following observations of rush buying of sacks of rice supply in certain stores in the city the past two days.
Eddie Uy of Joebon and member of the board of director of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) their only problem is on how to transport rice from Manila in the absence of ships that will carry them to the provinces as a result of the lockdown.
Added to this problem is the lack of shipping vessels to bring the imported rice from Vietnam and Thailand to Manila, that will result to delays in the arrival to the provinces.
Danford Sy of New Bian Yek Commercial enjoins the public not to resort to panic buying because there is sufficient supply of the staple.
The businessman stressed they will not also refuse bulk buying of rice supply or limit them to certain sacks, aware of the fact that their inventories can last up to one month or so.
The association of pharmacies also assured Mayor Remollo there is enough supply of medicines in the boticas and is open to the public up to 9:30 o’clock in the evening.
But the local chief executive wanted them to be opened 24 hours a day, echoing the call of the president for this sector to be exempted from the curfew.
They have the same concern with that of the rice traders on how to transport their injectables and other refrigerated supplies from Manila in the absence of flights to and from Manila and vice versa. For now, their stocks can last up to 15 days.
Dante Matiao on the other hand, lamented what he described as the lack of coordination among local government units in implementing lockdowns that resulted to losses to businessmen including the trucking business.
Mayor Remollo lauded Gov. Roel Degamo for issuing an executive order that allows transport of essential goods and supplies including medicines unlike the other provinces.
The mayor would not want to hear Negros Oriental banning the shipment of aggregates for a reclamation project in Cebu, including water, even power from the geothermal in Negros Oriental. Thus, he said everybody needs everybody in this time of crisis.