By Jerry Alcayde
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has assured Mindorenos that there was enough supply of basic goods, such as canned fish and other marine products, to last them throughout the one-month enhanced community quarantine now imposed throughout Luzon.
Arnell Hutalla, DTI provincial director said his office has not monitored any case of panic buying among the public or hoarding by business establishment owners.
The flow of goods to and from the province is not restricted, said Hutalla, a directive which was emphasized under the executive order issued by Oriental Mindoro Governor Humerlito A. Dolor last March 14 to ensure the availability of supply of goods.
Hutalla said the prices of commodities will remain frozen for 60 days under Proclamation No. 922, declaring a state of public health emergency throughout the Philippines which started March 8 2020 covering also online and offline stores.
The DTI provincial chief said consumers are advised to be vigilant and directly report to DTI cases of illegal acts of price manipulation such as profiteering (overpricing), hoarding and cartel.
The DTI, however, found out that all establishments in the province have no stocks of alcohol and facemasks.
Meanwhile, two shipping lines, Montenegro and Starlite, cancelled their Batangas to Calapan trips since March 14 until the end of the enhanced community quarantine.
The local power distributor, Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (ORMECO) and Calapan Waterworks have both extended the payment of electric and power bills for their consumers until further notice.