PGMA conducts surprise inspection of two Metro Manila groceries
Manila (10 October) -- To assure the people that the government was serious in implementing a Department of Health (DoH) order banning the sale of milk items found to contain melamine, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conducted surprise visits to two Metro Manila groceries yesterday morning to find out if the retailers are complying with that DoH order.
The President first inspected the milk section of Liana's supermarket located along Leveriza st. in Pasay City and then it was followed by a tour of the newly- opened Save More supermarket in Nagtahan, Manila.
With the President during the inspection of Liana's supermarket were Pasay Mayor Wenceslao "Peewee" Trinidad, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Zeny Maglaya and Bureau of Food and Drug Director Leticia Barbara Gutierrez.
The same group, minus Trinidad, also joined the President as she inspected Save More supermarket.
The President expressed satisfaction after she found that both establishments were found to have fully complied with the DoH directive by pulling out from their shelves milk products found by BFAD to contain melamine.
Trinidad told the President that it has been the policy of the local government of Pasay to conduct random inspections of prices of goods and commodities, on retail establishments "every now and then."
He said that since the discovery of melamine-tainted milk products from China several weeks ago, the Pasay City government has made random inspections of retail establishments selling these tainted milk products.
"So far, no retail establishment in Pasay City has been found to carry melamine-tainted milk products," Trinidad said, adding that the owners of stores took it upon themselves to stop selling such products.
"Wala rin kasing bibili sa kanila," Trinidad said.
He added that the President was pleased with the Pasay City government's actions saying she extended her "congratulations" for doing what was needed to protect the people from harm.
Meanwhile in Manila, the President was given a brief tour of the facilities of Save More supermarket, which is a subsidiary of mall-giant SM.
Save More Nagtahan, according to its supervisor Almalyn Sore, adheres to the strict policy of providing only the best products for its buyers.
Because of this, no melamine-tainted milk products adorn its shelves.
The President also asked managers of both stores if the prices of their goods were reasonable despite the volatility and uncertainty of the global financial markets brought about by the economic slowdown in the United States.
The President appeared pleased when informed that the prices of goods in the two stores have remained stable. (PIA-MMIO) [top]