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Stable availability of necessities in Paeng-affected areas
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said that the supply of essential goods is steady in the regions affected by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng.
DTI Secretary Alfredo Pascual said in a statement on Wednesday that the organization is closely working with producers and merchants of basic commodities to ensure prompt inventory replenishment, particularly in disaster-stricken areas.
According to the most recent national situational report, “the pricing and availability of essential requirements and core commodities are generally stable.”
In order to maintain an adequate supply of commodities in the tropical cyclone-affected areas and to ensure that shops uphold the price freeze in areas declared to be in a state of calamity, Pascual said the agency increases market monitoring.
He said, “We remind companies and traders to abide by the price freeze on essentials in areas under a state of calamity.
After a region is deemed to be in a state of catastrophe, prices for basic items are required to be maintained for 60 days by Republic Act 7581, sometimes known as the Price Act.
Bread, processed milk, coffee, candles, detergent, salt, tinned fish, locally produced quick noodles, and bottled water are examples of basic requirements.
The Department of Energy (DOE) also recalled that local government units (LGUs) in states of catastrophe are implementing a price freeze for home liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and kerosene.
Oil companies applied a price rollback on LPG at the beginning of the month, from PHP3.50 to PHP3.55 per kilogram.
A standard 11-kilogram LPG cylinder should now cost PHP39.05 instead than PHP38.50.
According to DOE, “price rises are absolutely forbidden throughout the 15-day period following the date of LGU’s proclamation of the state of calamity. During the price freeze, rollbacks of prices will be applied.”
The provinces of Aklan, Albay, and Cavite, the cities of Cotabato, Zamboanga, San Pablo in Laguna, and Sto. Tomas in Batangas, the municipalities of Pigcawayan in Cotabato, Upi in Maguindanao, Tibiao in Antique, and Amulung in Cagayan, as well as the entire Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, are among the LGUs that declared a state of calamity.
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