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Governor Jose Alvarez said there is a sufficient supply of prime commodities for all municipalities in Palawan as the island province remains under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Earlier this week, Governor Alvarez issued Memorandum No. 85 which ensures the movement to intended destinations of agro-fishery products such as fruits, vegetables, fish, and others for food security.

This includes the agri-fishery inputs such as fertilizers and feeds to and from or passing through municipalities.

He said that it is also based on the Department of Agriculture Memorandum Circular No. 6 series of 2020.

“You (to local chief executives) have to make sure that deliveries of agro-fishery products and agri-fishery inputs to and from or passing through municipalities are efficiently implemented,” he said.

Alvarez said all food lane trucks and suppliers shall be accredited by the DA to ensure the safety of the products delivered to different municipalities.

Earlier, agriculture secretary William Dar appealed to local chief executives to ensure that operations related to food production, processing, manufacturing, transport, and delivery be sustained to maintain the production of food and bring these to major consumption areas amidst the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

The appeal includes drivers and those involved in the transport and delivery of farm and fishery goods and inputs that include seeds and animal feeds.

“We appeal to the provincial governors, city and municipal mayors in Luzon, including the Visayas and Mindanao, to allow their respective farmers, fishers, and workers in food processing and manufacturing facilities to continue to do their jobs, provided they adhere to the social distancing protocol and follow health and sanitation measures,” he said in a statement posted on the DA website.

On March 24, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also issued an advisory addressed to all provincial governors, city mayors, municipal mayors, barangay captains, DILG regional directors, and other concern reiterating the DA Memorandum Circular to unrestricted the movement of food supply during the ECQ.