Isabela monitors goods, food amid ‘overpricing’

>> Monday, February 22, 2021

By Merlito G. Edale, Jr.

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela - This province’s local price coordinating council intensified  price and supply monitoring of agricultural products (pork, chicken vegetables) in all public markets of Isabela amid reports of overpricing.
    The activity aimed to ensure agricultural products’ supply and prices including basic commodities that are sold in public markets are based on the suggested existing retail prices from the Dept. of Agriculture and DTI are not overpriced.
    The LPCC will ask the Office of the Governor to craft an executive order that requires the posting of price bulletins indicating suggested retail price in the city and municipal public markets for reference of the buying public and strict enforcement of Price Tag law.
    Winston Singun, DTI Isabela head and co-chair of the LPCC, said the need to intensify price monitoring is necessary in this time of pandemic to ensure no establishment or stall owners are taking advantage of too much profiting.
    He said establishment and stall owners should adhere to existing laws and regulations to avoid charges or closure of their businesses.
    The body agreed to establish a hotline or hotlines particularly the DA and DTI to cater to the concerns of the public on prices and supply of commodities under their respective jurisdictions. -- PIA 2-Isabela



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