The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province said that based on their monitoring of 10 leading establishments and pharmacies Friday, there are still alcohol supplies but they are decreasing fast due to increased demand.

Information officer Persival Narbonita said that during their monitoring, the establishments also informed them that purchase orders have already been made and are expected to arrive soon.

“Ang overall sa monitoring ay meron pa naman pero pakaunti ng pakaunti. Minsan sa tindahan ay may nakita na wala but it doesn’t mean na yong supply ay walang paparating, may distributor pa. Kasi ang tinitingnan lang ay estante, hindi nila tinitingnan baka sa may bodega ng tindahan na yon ay meron pa,” he said.

Narbonita said that about three to four stores said they are refilling their shelves of supplies.

He said that DTI Palawan will have a meeting with distributors in the province on Monday to assure if they still have sufficient supplies of alcohol which is in demand to consumers as one of the immediate disinfectants against the threat of the virus.

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“Ang kinatatakutan lang nila ay kung talagang bibiyahe na cargo ships, meron pa sila, ang tanong dyan ay kung hanggang kailangan kung walang bibiyahe na cargo ships. Hanggang katapusan pa ng Marso ay kayanin pa raw,” he said.

“Ang nakikita ng tao ngayon ay sa tindahan, hindi pa nakikita ng tao yong sa mga supplier na meron pa. not unless makausap natin ang distributors para malaman kung kung sufficient ba ang supplies nila kasi ang binibenta rin ng stores natin ay nakasalalay sa distributors. Ang problema dyan kapag naubos ng distributors at naibigay nila sa lahat ng tindahan at pag naubos ang tindahan at wala na ang distributors,” he added.

He said that fortunately, there are some stores they have monitored that are getting supplies from Batangas aside from Manila.

Narbonita added that most consumers are only looking for a specific brand with a particular percentage which contributes as a factor to the rapid decrease of supply.

He said that they have seen some establishments giving limits on the number of alcohol a customer can purchase.

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