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Price monitoring in Aklan yields no violators, says DTI

by Venus G.Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (6 September) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here has found no violators of the Automatic Price Control of basic goods during their monitoring of prices here in grocery stores and wet markets in the province.

DTI's monitoring of prices of basic goods came as an offshoot of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's declaration of a State of National Calamity through Proclamation No. 1898 on October 2, 2009.

In an emergency meeting of the Local Price Coordination Council (LPCC) here, DTI Provincial Director Diosdado Cadena told members that when an area is declared under a State of Calamity, automatic price control of basic goods is imposed.

PGMA's proclamation covers the whole country so the DTI in Aklan, as in other parts of the country, has started monitoring prices, along with other agencies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), tasked to monitor prices of firewood and charcoal; Department of Health (DOH), tasked to monitor prices of basic medicines; and the Department of Agriculture (DA), tasked to monitor prices of basic agricultural products.

In the province, the DTI's regular personnel tasked to monitor grocery stores and wet markets are augmented by the agency's staff hired under its Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).

"Major establishments in Kalibo are 100% compliant of the automatic price ceiling of basic goods," said Director Cadena, based on their initial monitoring.

According to the DTI, should traders be found violating the automatic price ceiling of basic goods, the monitoring staff will file an incident report signed by the staff and the store manager, and within 24 hours, enforcement officers from the agency will come to verify the report.

If the report is justified, charges will be filed, and the business establishment might have its business permit cancelled, according to Cadena.

"Adjudication will be held at the DTI Regional Office, so it will be time consuming", he said.

To avoid this, Cadena appealed to business establishment owners to follow the Automatic Price Ceiling of basic goods, lists of which they have already distributed to grocery stores and markets.

On the other hand, the Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) here under Police Senior Supt. Efipanio A. Bragais, Jr.reported that they also conducted monitoring of prices at Gaisano Kalibo and the Kalibo Shopping Center and found out that there were no changes in prices of basic goods in Aklan because theprovince is not included in the path of Typhoon Peping.

The PNP assured however, that they will continue monitoring and enforcing price control of basic goods in coordination with the DTI against unscrupulous traders and manufacturers for violation of RA 7581. (PIA) [top]

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