By Jean Fernando
Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar warned suppliers, retailers, and store owners against hoarding of consumer goods and overpricing. Aguilar directed a team to monitor the prices of basic commodities to protect the residents against profiteers and unscrupulous traders in the city.
A team of inspectors with strict adherence to the health protocol were mobilized by the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO).
This was implemented after Aguilar came out with an instruction to ensure that supermarkets, public markers, and talipapa (wet market), as well as sari-sari stores in the communities obey the price freeze imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The mayor said that the basic goods covered by price control issued by DTI include rice, bread, salt, milk, instant noodles, canned sardines, coffee refill and 3-in-1 instant coffee, laundry soap, and bottled water.
Aguilar also said that the price freeze of all prime commodities will be strictly enforced for the next 60 days or until May 15, following the declaration of a state of calamity in the country by President Rodrigo Duterte in the wake of the Covide-19 pandemic.
She pointed out that under the state of calamity, it is mandated that no increase of prices of basic necessities in the retail market. The mayor added that she will recommend the filing of charges against those found to be violating the price control law.
Aguilar also urged all the city residents to continue to obey the stay-at-home order as the country is under enhanced community quarantine.
She likewise reminded everyone to strictly observe the one-meter physical or social distancing, practice hand washing and appropriate hygiene, exercise, and cooperate with the local government in the implementation of health protocols.