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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Thursday, September 19, 2019

To prevent abnormal spikes in prices of other meat products following an imminent pullout of pork, pork-related products and by-products from Luzon from store shelves, a Cebu Provincial Price Coordinating Council (CPPCC) will be reorganized and reconstituted by virtue of Executive Order No. 17 invoking Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act of 1992.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia announced her issuance of the EO right after a meeting Wednesday night with the member-stores of the Philippine Retailers Association, among other stakeholders and coordinating government agencies working with the African Swine Fever (ASF) Provincial Task Force.

The CPPCC will be composed of the Governor as chairperson, the Regional Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as the vice chairperson; the other members shall be comprised of one representative each from the regional or provincial offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Energy (DOE), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), National Food Authority (NFA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), Sugar Regulatory Authority( SRA), Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), and the Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

The council shall also involve the representation of private sectors -- consumers, agricultural producers, traders, manufacturers, and retailers.

Further, the Economic Enterprise Council (EEC) and its Technical Support Group will also be reorganized and reconstituted through another Executive Order, EO No. 18.

The Economic Enterprise Council was already created by virtue of Ordinance No. 2004-16.

However, due to last year's national and local elections that led to new development in the organizational setup of the Provincial Government, there is a need to reorganize and reconstitute the EEC for the "effective and efficient performance of the council's duties and function prescribed under the ordinance creating it." (Eleanor Valeros)