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DTI Kalinga effects price freeze on commodities

by L. Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (17 October) -- The Department of Trade and Industry in the province issued a price freeze on basic commodities following the declaration by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of a "state of calamity" on areas affected by typhoon Pepeng.

Kalinga is among the provinces in North Luzon that suffered from the wrath of typhoon Pepeng last week.

Josephine Daliyong of DTI-Kalinga said grocery retailers expressed support and cooperation to the call of DTI during a meeting here last week.

Price freeze is a special power of the department preventing sudden adjustments in the prices of basic commodities during state of calamities.

In the aftermath of typhoon Pepeng that rendered some road networks impassable, retailers agreed to the condition laid by DTI to first refer any move of price increase, according to Daliyong. However, retailers appealed to authorities to fast track the rehabilitation works on roads and bridges as this entails additional cost in the transport of goods.

Now, goods coming from Tuguegarao, Cagayan and Isabela need to be transferred to another truck along the impassable Aliog bridge, which retailers say entail them an additional P1,300 cost in their operation.

Sources from the Department of Public Works and Highways - Kalinga Engineering District (DPWH-KED) said repair of the Aliog bridge approach is going-on.

Daliyong reported there in no movement in the price of basic goods in the province, after conducting regular monitoring since Oct. 3, when typhoon Pepeng ripped through North Luzon.

She also assured enough supply of grocery items except for nestle products, while supply of sugar is back but with a P1/kilo increase at retail outlets.

There is no worry on fuel supply contrary to the speculation by many because of the impassable Aliog bridge, since hauler trucks take the alternative Bulu road. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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