With only 22-days left before Christmas day, the prices of pork, beef and chicken have started to increase by P5 to P10 per kilo, Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.
Decena said the prices of pork in the market now are between P160 to P180 for every kilo, which was only between P160 to P170 last month.
He attributed the increase to the hike in prices of hog feeds and the increase in demand, especially during the Yuletide season.
As to beef products, from their previous prices of P180 to P220 for every kilo last month, they now cost P185 to P225 per kilo also because of the increased in demand.
PVO monitoring also showed that chicken prices are now between P125 to P135 per kilo, compared to its price last month which was only P120 to P130 for every kilo.
Decena said the increase of prices of chicken is due to the destruction caused by super typhoon Yolanda last month.
He urged the local meat inspection teams in every towns and cities to be on alert against the possible proliferation of “hot meat” in different areas of Negros Occidental, especially since the Christmas season is fast approaching.
Decena added that all current meat inspections are now conducted by the local government units under the National Meat Inspection Service, while the main function of the PVO is only to technically and administratively supervise slaughterhouses under the “double A” category.
The PVO also warned the public against buying meat outside the slaughter houses, saying they are not safe because they did not go through the process of meat inspection.*APN