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PIA Press Release
2009/06/30

Enough supply of facial masks, other health care supplies noted in Kalibo

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (30 June) -- Supplies of surgical/facial masks, disposable gloves and alcohol are sufficient in Kalibo, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here in a meeting today of the province' Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) held at the Conference Room of the Provincial Guest House.

According to DTI-Aklan Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena, Jr., supply of surgical/facial masks in Kalibo is sufficient with prevailing price of P5/per piece; but there is limited supply in Banga with prevailing price of P8/pc. Supply of the item in Numancia is all sold out.

On the other hand, disposable gloves, which are sufficient in Kalibo, has a prevailing price of P15/pc; while there is limited supply in Banga with prevailing price pf P20/pc. Numancia has no supply, as there is no demand for such item in the town.

On alcohol, there is sufficient supply in Kalibo of 150ml, 250ml and 500ml, with prevailing prices between P22.25, P31.70 & P55, respectively. Supply is limited for Banga, with 150ml having a prevailing price of P25 per bottle. Supply of the same item is limited in Numancia, Bottles of 150ml and 250ml have prevailing prices of P24-P35.75 respectively.

There is no supply of hand sanitizers in the three municipalities monitored. Banga and Numancia are two of the nearest municipalities of Kalibo. Kalibo is the capital town of the province.

The price and supply monitoring by the DTI in Aklan of health care products was conducted in support of the Department of Health (DOH) in the wake of increasing cases of AH1N1 infection in the country, which might trigger great demand in the market for such items.

Director Cadena said the DTI monitored 17 major drugstores in Aklan 11 in Kalibo, 3 in Numancia and 3 in Banga.

Grocery stores will be included in the future monitoring of said healthcare products. (PIA) [top]

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