Meat organization warns possible shortage of goods mid-April

THE Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (Pampi) has warned of possible shortage of its goods by mid-April in the capital region amid the lockdown being imposed there.

In a March 20, 2020 letter to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Pampi president Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. voiced the industry’s logistics woes in the capital, saying some of their members are unable to receive raw materials “due to the checkpoints leading to plant locations.”

“We expect that by the first week of April, our inventories will run out without adequate new production, along with those in possession of distributors and retailers,” he said.

However, Tiukinhoy clarified the industry’s logistics situation in Cebu is unhampered.

“Our flow of raw materials is so far ok and so with our finished goods. Ou factory workers can still travel to our plant with our rented buses,” said Tiukinhoy, president of Cebu-based Virginia Food. (CSL)