Written by Gloria Villas
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Aklan is strictly monitoring the price freeze implemented on areas heavily affected by the typhoon.
According to DTI Aklan Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena Jr., they will continue their monitoring which was started last November 11 until January 10, 2014.
Cadena said that Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 states that prices of basic necessities in areas affected or have experiences calamities will be placed under an automatic price control.
In line with this, the DTI reiterated that traders should not take advantage and those caught will be penalized accordingly.
DTI Aklan had previously issued a list of Automatic Price Control (APC) for basic necessities under its jurisdiction.
Cadena added, their department’s personnel are continuously monitoring the prices of the basic products around the country.
The Provincial Director also encouraged the consumers to report any violation of the mentioned rule to the DTI or other agencies in the government assigned to watch over the prices such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture.
Translated by Shelah Casiano