COVID19: SP issues price control, anti-hoarding ordinance

In the wake of continued enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, Occidental Mindoro Sangguniang Panlalawigan has issued and approved Special Ordinance No. 12 to implement price control on basic commodities and to curve out hoarding activities perpetuated by individual consumers and business establishments in the Province, April 4.

Authored by District 2 Board Member Michelle Festin – Rivera, SO No. 12 limits consumers and business establishments’ purchases of identified products to a certain quantity on a daily basis.

Retail stores, hotels and restaurants are mandated to present their original copy of their business permit, presumably to wholesalers, as their ticket to be able to make purchases for their respective businesses.

FROM THE INSIDE:

Purchase limitations and restrictions

The limit on individual consumer on the other hand is based on 2008 NSO Quick Statistics which shows an average size of 4.93 per household in Occidental Mindoro.

Meanwhile, those who are to make donations are supposed to show certification from the organization/brangay/company to whom the commodities to be purchased are to be donated.

At one end, big establishments providing free meals to their employees only if they can present an affidavit or their original Mayor’s Permit.

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are likewise exempted. The same with senior citizens, PWDs who are required present their identification cards.

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The local government units and barangays are also exempted as long as the purchases to be made are intended for public service and related purposes, and backed by a “certification from their office stating the quantity and descriptions” of the commodities to be purchased.

Penalty

The price control ordinance is imposing a penalty of five thousand pesos (P5,000.00), but not more than two million pesos (P2,000,000.00) to anyone who will be caught manipulating the price of commodities. They will also be prosecuted based on existing laws Memorandum Circular No. 20 – 07 of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Business establishments will also face permit cancelation and business closure in the event they are found guilty of violating the provisions of price control and anti-hoarding ordinance.

IN THE NEWS:

Enforcement Team

For price control and anti-hoarding purposes, a Price Coordinating Council is created with members/representative coming from the following departments/offices:

  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO)
  • Provincial Health Office (PHO)
  • Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO)
  • 11 Municipalities of Occidental Mindoro
  • Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
  • League of the Barangays
  • Sangguniang Kabataan Federation
  • Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO)
  • Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committees on Trade and Industry
  • Philippine National Police (PNP)
  • Barangay Officials
  • Provincial Local Economic and Investment Promotion Office

Reasonable Price

Furthermore, to be able to determine and establish, SO 12 adopted the conditions listed in Republic Act 7581 or

Said conditions are as follows:

  1. The average price in the last three (3) months immediately preceding the proclamation of the price control or ceiling of the basic necessity or prime commodity under consideration
  2. The supply available in the market
  3. The cost of the producer, manufacturer, distributor or seller including, but not limited to:
  4. The exchange rate of the peso to the foreign currency with which a basic necessity or prime commodity or any component, ingredient or raw material thereof was paid for
  5. Any change in the amortization cost of machinery brought about by any change in the exchange rate of the peso to the foreign currency with which the machinery was bought through credit facilities
  6. Any change in the cost of labor brought about by a change in the minimum wage
  7. Any increase in the cost of transporting or distributing the basic necessity or prime commodity to the area of destination
  8. Such other factors or conditions which will aid in arriving at a just and reasonable price ceiling
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FILE PHOTO. Occidental Mindoro Sangguniang Panlalawigan in session. March 23, 2020.

However, EO 12 shall remain open to revisions depending on the prevailing situation as the country and the Province of Occidental Mindoro remain under siege by health threats brought by COVID-19.

Entitled “IMPOSING AUTOMATIC PRICE CONTROL AND ANTI-HOARDING MEASURES ON ALL BASIC NECESSITIES AND PRIME COMMODITIES DURING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS IN THE ENTIRE PROVINCE OF  OCCIDENTAL MINDORO TO PROTECT THE CONSUMERS FROM EXESSIVE AND UNREASONABLE PRICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH REPUBLIC ACT 7581 OR THE PRICE ACT”, the Ordinance authored by BM Michelle Festin – Rivera has been motioned for approval by BM Anecita Diana A. Tayag and duly seconded by BM Nestor N. Tria.

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Alcohol is one of the commodities subjected to price control and anti-hoarding ordinance of SP. Photo by alamy.com

EO 12 shall be in effect not only during enhanced community quarantine but also in times of disaster and calamity in the Province of Occidental Mindoro.

Subject Commodities

Here are the subject commodities of Price Control and Anti-Hoarding Ordinance:

Kind of GoodsFor Individual Consumers (Each Day)For Registered Retailers/Sari-sari Store Customers (Each Day)
Canned sardines6 cans14 cans
Other canned goods (meat loaf, corned beef, tuna, etc.)2 cans each kind12 cans each kind
Bottled water10 bottles any brand (small) 8 bottles any brand (medium) 5 bottles any brand (large) 2 bottles any brand (exra-large)40 bottles any brand (small) 32 bottles any brand (medium) 20 bottles any brand (large) 8 bottles any brand (extra large)
Powdered milk1 kilogramMaximum of 5 kilograms
Powdered milk (scahet)Maximum of 12 sachets5 ties (regardless of kind)
Milk formula1 box or canMaximum of 5 boxes/cans
Coffee refill1 pack – 200 grams and above Maximum of 4 packs – below 200 gramsMaximum of 10 packs – 200 grams and above Maximum of 15 packs – below 200 grams
Coffee (3-1)Maximum of 12 sachets10 ties
Bread3 packs10 packs
Instant noodles12 pouches48 pouches
Eggs1 dozen5 dozen
Cooking oil2 litersMaximum of 15 liters
Sugar2 kilogramsMaximum of 10 kilograms
RiceMaximum of 50 kilograms150 kilograms (3 sacks)
AlcoholMaximum of 2 bottles – 500ml Maximum of 3 bottles – below 500ml 1 bottle – more than 500ml15 bottles – 300ml 10 bottles – 500ml 5 bottles – more than 500ml
Hand sanitizers3 bottles – 100ml10 bottles
Toiler papers6 rollsMaximum of 48 rolls
Kitchen towels3 tollsMaximum of 10 rolls
Bath soaps6 barsMaximum of 24 bars of different kind
Liquid hand soap2 bottles – 500ml 3 bottles – below 500ml10 bottles (500ml) 10 bottles (below 500ml)
Disinfectant solutions (Clorox, Lysol, domex and the likes)Maximum of 1 gallon3 gallons (regardless of the kind)
Face masks10 pieces100 pieces
Mulitivitamins/Vitamin C1 box (100pcs) bottle5 boxes (500pcs) / bottles

Special Ordinance No. 12

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