May 18 -19, 2021
National Food Security Summit
Attn.: Ms. Gladys Gammad /Ms. Julie Ann Dulay
On behalf of Laban Konsyumer Inc., its Trustees, Officers and members across the country, we are a recognized consumer organization of the Department of Trade and Industry as well as a full-term member of the Consumers International, composed of 200 consumer organizations in 100 countries worldwide.
One of our advocacies is the consumers access to basic necessities like food and we support the Food Summit agenda and objectives on food security.
Food security and access by the Filipino consumers must be necessarily related to stable supply and reasonable prices at all times, whether in normal times, calamities and other emergencies.
In the matter of prices, we respectfully submit to the Summit that the implementing agencies on food security institutionalize the strategy of adopting what we call the FISHBONE ANALYSIS in the determination of the general parameters and cost components of the reasonable prices in the entire value or supply chain of basic necessities and prime commodities.
The formula shall include costs of raw materials whether local or imported, feeds and fertilizers, packaging, power and utilities, transportation and distribution, operating expenses and administrative overhead, inflation, labor, taxes and duties . Raw materials shall account for at least 50 % – 70 %, packaging at 25% and between 5 to 10 % for all the other items of the costs of the supply chain plus the margin of business.
The FISHBONE ANALYSIS is an evolving tool that prepares the implementing agencies and business in ensuring that food security must at all times result to access to consumers at reasonable prices, whether in normal times , calamities or emergencies .
We noted that prices are not in the agenda of the 2 day Summit , but we took the initiative of submitting this position paper for the consideration of the stakeholders .
Thank you very much .
Very truly yours,
Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, AB, LLB, LLM
President, Laban Konsyumer Inc.
Cc: Usec Ernesto Gonzales
Used Ariel Cayanan