MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President Bongbong Marcos, Jr. has approved the importation of 21,000 metric tons of onions, as recommended by the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture.
The move is aimed at addressing the shortage and rising costs of onions in the country.
Importers are being asked to immediately submit their import application to DA in order to ensure the onions’ timely arrival.
The onions will be imported from the United States through a designated New York-based company, French’s.
French’s is an American brand of prepared condiments and other food items, including the extremely popular French’s fried onions. It is owned by McCormick & Company.
The Adobo Chronicles reached out to DA Assistant Secretary Rex Estoperez and asked him how many cans of French’s Crispy Fried Onions will make up the 21,000 metric tons. Each can contains about 170 grams. He said DA statisticians are still in the process of calculating that final number.