Here’s how the perennial problem of fluctuating prices and shortage of agri products in the country can be remedied according to an international relations expert!

International Relations expert and Statecraft host Sass Rogando Sasot noted that every time the price of a certain agricultural goes up, the entire Metro Manila are noisy, particularly on social media.

The reason being, Metro Manila does not produce its own agricultural products. In other words, Metro Manila is an importer, Ms. Sasot wrote.

What does Metro Manila want? The entire country will revolt because they are suffering related to their geographical feature? Ms. Sasot asked. An area that not produce its own food, Ms. Sasot stated, will inevitably at the mercy of price fluctuations.

In light of this perpetual problem, Ms. Sasot suggested that the country should have more agricultural and supply planning that is regional in scope. Each region, Ms. Sasot said, should make an inventory of the food needs of their region vs their produce. Regions that have surplus of a particular produce can sell them to regions that have deficit on them.

Ms. Sasot’s idea is a huge hit among her FB followers, generating 6,737 reactions, 408 comments, and 202 shares in just 6 hours and counting.

One netizen couldn’t agree more with Ms. Sasot’s suggestion.

Thats actually basic. Pinag-aaralan nga yan sa sibika sa elementary kung anong mga produkto sa bawat region… Nowadays, most do tiktoks et al more and believe (and follow) what they see there.. kaya bokya…. a very dangerous path. One complains, others follow. Ayayay

Another commenter wrote that that this is actually not new since we already have OTOP (One Town, One Product). However, she pointed out one problem and that is, the DA and DTI failed to understand that the government agencies should have integrated goals and work in synergy.

A third commenter pointed out another major problem that has beset the country since time immemorial.

The major problem is logistics. Dapat bawat kada probinsya may truck para mahatid ang sobrang produkto nila sa lugar na as madami ang demand. Like yung mga bawang sa bandang Batanes mura na lang ang benta dahil masisira sobra ang supply gumihingi ng tulong. Ang problema nila transportation. Walang magdadala. Sana nakia yan ng gobyerno esp Governors since sila mas may alam sa sitwasyon

To my mind, that was the essence of OTOP so that regions or even municipalities would diversify production and be able to trade. hindi gaya gaya puto maya and then we see products rot because of surpluses. What DA and DTI failed to understand is that government agencies should have integrated goals and activities and work synergistically.

Napapansin nyo ba na ang kapag may tumaas na presyo ng agricultural, mga taga-Manila ang maingay? Metro Manila does NOT produce its agricultural products. So what do people from Manila expect? Mag-alsa buong bansa for them because they are suffering something related to their geographical feature? An area that doesn’t produce their own food supply will inevitably be at the mercy of price fluctuations.

I think we should have more agricultural and supply planning na regional level ang sakop. Each region should have an inventory of food needs of their regions vs the supply they have. Regions that have surplus of a particular commodity can then sell them to regions that have deficit on them.

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Source: For the Motherland – Sass Rogando Sasot

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