The Bacolod City Mayor's Office-Price Monitoring Unit will intensify the monitoring of prices of basic and prime commodities, especially this Christmas season, executive assistant Ernesto Pineda said yesterday.
Pineda said they have assigned one member each in the three major markets in Bacolod City to conduct daily monitoring of prices. But this time, the monitoring will be done together with the Market Coordinating and Monitoring Task Force, particularly on goods used for the holiday season, he said.
They conduct regular inspection of weighing scales and also on-the-spot inspections, especially when there are complaints, he added.
Pineda said every market has a consumer welfare desk to accept complaints from market-goers or from the public. From the Consumer Welfare Desk, these issues and concerns will be brought to the market supervisor, who will then forward them to the City Administrator.
They have a separate team that monitors prices of goods in department stores, he said.
Pineda said they have also identified grocery stores where monitoring is conducted daily so they will know if there are changes in the prices of commodities and this will help them determine the trend in prices.
So far, there have been no changes in the prices of basic commodities. However, the monitoring team should remain vigilant, he said.
They conduct the regular monitoring because, under the Price Act, in case the President declares a place under a state of calamity, prices of basic and prime commodities will automatically be frozen, Pineda said.
They have also conducted consumer awareness seminars in Bacolod City, he added.*CGS
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