President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday assured Filipinos that the country’s food supply remained sufficient despite rising commodity prices.

In a speech in Talisay City, the president, who is also the country’s agriculture secretary, said the Philippines had enough supply of agricultural products.

“Sa ngayon, tinitiyak lang natin na sapat ang dumadating sa taong-bayan. Hindi lamang asukal, pati na ang lahat ng produkto ng agrikultura, para naman ay kahit papaano ay masasabi natin ay may sapat naman na food supply na kayang bayaran ng ating mga mamamayan,” he said.

“Ang Pilipinas, ‘yung ekonomiya naman ng Pilipinas maayos naman. Ang problema lahat ng ating mga kasama, lahat ng ating mga kanegosyo, sabihin natin, na iba’t ibang bansa ay nagkakaproblema, nadadala sa atin ‘yung problema din. Kaya’t kailangan natin mag-adjust. Kailangan natin gumawa ng ibang paraan at ito ay isa sa paraan na ‘yun,” he added.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) earlier said the country’s supply of rice and meat would be sufficient for the holiday season.

However, the DA said retail prices could be affected by the ongoing drought in China “due to its implications in the cost of palay production, as well as the presence of rice varieties from other countries.”

The DA’s livestock group, composed of the Bureau of Animal Industry, the National Meat Inspection Service, the National Dairy Authority, the Philippine Carabao Center and the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry, also confirmed a sufficient supply of local chickens and pigs to meet the holiday demands.

The DA earlier warned of a possible food shortage in the fourth quarter of 2022. John Ezekiel J. Hirro