By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
The San Juan City government has passed a measure that sets a limit of the number of basic goods to be sold to consumers per day, in a bid to prevent hoarding.
San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora signed City Ordinance No. 19 Series of 2020 on Sunday known as the “Anti-Hoarding and Anti-Panic Buying Ordinance of San Juan City.”
The measure sets a limit to the number of basic necessities and prime commodities that a person could purchase per day.
It immediately took effect after the city government placed San Juan under a state of calamity on Sunday, and will automatically be suspended when the declaration is lifted.
According to the ordinance, a person could only buy per day six cans of sardines, three cans for each kind of other canned goods, 12 pouches of instant noodles, one dozen eggs, maximum of 50 kilograms of rice, two kilograms of sugar, two liters of cooking oil, three packs of bread, maximum of 12 sachets for 3-in-1 coffee and powdered milk, one box or can of milk formula, and one kilogram of powdered milk.
The local government has also set a limit to the number of cleaning and sanitary products that each person could buy per day.
For alcohol, maximum of two bottles for 500 ml; maximum of three bottles for below 500 ml; and one bottle for more than 500 ml.
Each customer could also only purchase three bottles of 100 ml hand sanitizers per day, 10 pieces of face masks, six rolls of toilet paper, three rolls of kitchen towels, six bars of bath soaps, a maximum of one gallon of disinfectant solutions regardless of the kind, one box or bottle of multivitamins, two bottles for 500 ml liquid hand soaps and three bottles for below 500 ml.
“Large packaging shall be available only to individual consumers with business permits,” the ordinance read.
Meanwhile, the measure has also set a limit to the goods registered retailers, sari-sari store customers, restaurants, hotels and the likes could purchase “subject to the presentation of a copy or original of their valid mayor’s and/or business permit.”
Based on the measure, manufacturers or producers are exempted from the ordinance as well as local government units.
The Office of the City Mayor, the City Health Office, the Business Permits and Licensing Office, the Task Force Disiplina, and the Public Information Office were tasked to implement and enforce the provisions stated in the ordinance.
San Juan City was placed under a state of calamity over the weekend, following four more confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in the city, which brings the total number of cases to 15.