The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Wednesday there has been no reported increase in the prices of basic commodities in calamity affected areas of Southern Palawan.
Percival Narborita, designated information officer of DTI-Palawan, said that while the successive storms caused flooding and triggered evacuations, prices of basic good have remained normal.
“Wala naman tayong nakitang paggalaw ng presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin sa mga naapektohang lugar, at wala rin namang gaanong problema sa mga lugar na ito, kasi passable pa rin naman ang mga kalsada, dapat lang ma-monitor at masiguro natin”, Narborita added.
Towns within the province of Palawan were closely monitored by DTI personnel during the occurrence of natural calamities
He said during Typhoon Vinta, they dispatched personnel on the ground to monitor business establishments, particularly in the affected towns to ensure a sufficient supply of products available for the consumers.
“Sinisiguro natin ‘yan that there will be price stabilization. Basta ganiyang bagyo, importante na tinitingnan natin ‘yong supply situation, kasi posible yan na ang mga businessman ay magtatago ng supply, at magmamahal, dahil sabihin nila na naubusan sila kasi binabagyo”.
As per his observation, the affected areas are still accessible due to passable roads, hence there is still a movement of goods and products.
He added that they will report to the mayor and the governor if they find cases of abuse by businesses. He said the local price coordinating council headed by the local chief executives may initiate actions to enforce RA 7581, otherwise known as Price Act of 1991 to protect consumers.