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Store owners in Albay face charges for violation of price freeze, price tag laws
A portion of the market in Albay.
ALBAY, Philippines — The owner of eight stores in Albay are now facing complaints due to violations of the Price Tag Law and the prevailing price freeze in the province.
This, after they were caught selling several products at prices over the suggested retail price (SRP) and without any price tags on the products.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is closely monitoring the implementation of price freeze in Albay especially now that the province is under a state of calamity.
The DTI said it will not issue any more warnings once they see violations of the price freeze and price tag laws, but instead will just directly file complaints against the violators.
The fine imposed on violators is P500 to P1,500.
“You do not make money out of the miseries of others,” said DTI Region 5 director, Jocelyn Blanco.
Meanwhile, the DTI conducted a Diskwento Caravan at some evacuation centers in Albay in which evacuees may avail of basic commodities and products such as sardines and coffee at very low prices.
“Even if na displaced sila. Life goes on parang normal (Even if they have been displaced, life goes on as normal),” said the director.
Evacuee Soccorro Solano was among those who availed of low-priced products at the Diskwento Caravan after the relief goods she received have run out.
Evacuees found it necessary to have a reserve of supplies as they wait for government aid to arrive.
“Kaya lang hindi ako nakapamili ng husto dahil walang pera (But I was not able to buy a lot since I don’t have much money),” said Solano.
On the other hand ,the President’s emissary in Albay, Secretary Francis Tolentino, said there is enough food for the evacuees.
However, Tolentino admitted that there had been concerns in the stock of rice. But recently, he said the National Food Authority (NFA) has already resolved it.
“Parating na. Siguro hindi magtatagal. Yung iaangkat din nila, kasama yung commercial rice, hindi naman kukulangin (It’s on its way. It won’t be long now. The imported [rice] including the commercial rice will be sufficient),” said Tolentino.
On Tuesday, the provincial government of Albay received P30 million financial aid from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to be distributed to the affected towns in Albay. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
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