No bread for Filipinos because five flour mills go on “strike”
Simplicio Umali, president of Gardenia Bakeries, said that flour millers are already cancelling their deliveries. “Five millers have informed our group that they will not be able to deliver,” Umali said.
Umali warned that his company would shut down operations in three days time if the shortage continues. “We can supply bread until Saturday and Sunday but by Monday we are not sure anymore if we can operate if the supply does not come”.
DTI Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya said that they are looking into the shortage allegations. “We have to verify,” she said, adding that DTI officials are already inspecting flour mills.
Philippine Association of Flour Millers (PAFMIL) Executive Director Ric M. Pinca said it was wrong to accuse the flour millers of not delivering flour. In fact, no miller has stopped selling, despite their protest against price cuts.
Millers will follow the DTI order, he said. “At first, we did not understand the order,” he explained, “but now we are complying.”