Prices of basic goods shall remain stable and within prevailing prices amid the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly, Malacañang said Sunday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will conduct regular monitoring to apprehend retailers who violate this rule.
“Ayon sa DTI (according to the DTI), generally price and supply of basic necessities and price commodities remain stable,” Roque said.
The spokesperson also warned retailers from advantage of the calamity to increase prices of basic goods and commodities.
“Ang pakiusap po ng Presidente [Rodrigo Duterte] sa panahon po ngayon ng aberya, sana po bayanihan. Yung ating mga nagbebenta na mga kailangan ng ating mga kababayan, sana naman po wag pagsamantahalahan,” he said.
[The request of the President at this time of calamity, I hope we practice bayanihan. Don’t take advantage of the needs of our countrymen.]
Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act of 1992 states that prices of basic necessities in an area shall automatically be frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control whenever the area is proclaimed or declared a disaster area or under a state of calamity.