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Duterte’s help sought vs skyrocketing prices in Negros

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The help of President Rodrigo Duterte is being sought to impose a price ceiling on prime commodities in Negros Occidental, which was devastated by typhoon Odette last week.

Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz disclosed yesterday that the Provincial Price Coordinating Council (PPCC) during its meeting on December 27 wants to include prime commodities, such as generator sets, water refilling stations, meat and poultry products in the price cap, as traders are taking advantage of the crisis brought about by the typhoon.

Diaz disclosed that PPCC will recommend a maximum of 10 percent increase on mentioned prime commodities, based on average prices three months ago.

The approved resolution of PPCC chaired by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson will be forwarded to the Office of the President for appropriate action, he added.

Prices of meat and poultry products have gone up to P240 per kilo in southern Negros, which was badly hit by the typhoon.

Ordinary generator sets, which was sold at P10,000 before typhoon Odette slammed into the province, are reportedly being sold at P30,000.

Following declaration of state of calamity in Negros Occidental, including the highly-urbanized Bacolod City, a price freeze on basic goods was immediately imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry in the province.

Lacson issued an appeal for the business sector to be humane in imposing the prices of their goods amid the crisis being experienced by Negrenses.

The provincial government of Negros Occidental is also making an emergency purchase of GI sheets, which will be taken from the P50 million allocated funds, for rehabilitation of damaged houses in the province.*

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