COVID-19

Lanao Sur reactivates price watch, seeks BARMM help

By Masiding Noor Yahya

MARAWI CITY: Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong, Jr. has reactivated the Lanao del Sur Provincial Local Price Coordinating Council (LDS-PLPCC) in an effort to stabilize the supply and prices of essential commodities in the province reportedly surging at time the province is placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

In a statement on Sunday, Adiong also requested Chief Minister Ahod Al Hadj Murad Balawag Ebrahim of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to provide support to the reactivation of the council.

The governor said the needed support includes the following:

1. Laying down of Suggested Retail Prices (SRP) coming from the implementing agencies of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), the Ministry of Trade Industry and Tourism (MTIT), and the Ministry of Health (MOH) with particular computation of prices of prime, basic and essential commodities based on the province’s or region’s current supply chain situation;

2. Putting-up of a dedicated monitoring team in Marawi City and the 39 municipalities that shall enforce Republic Act 7581 or the Philippine Price Act; and

3. Formulation of a judicious policy from the BARMM which shall implement an Automatic Price Control or Price Ceiling.

Adiong’s request to Chief Minister Ebrahim came at a time when residents have expressed complaints for overpricing of basic, prime and essential commodities in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur after the entire province was placed under ECQ.

“The ECQ was declared to stop the coronavirus crisis from spreading in the province,” the provincial governor said.

Earlier, BARMM, through the MTIT, has announced a price freeze in the Bangsamoro region which includes Lanao del Sur but has not elaborated on guidelines of the price freeze or how it will be implemented.

A former employee of the Department of Trade and Industry of the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has claimed that the new BARMM-MTIT has a limited number of personnel, which makes it challenging for the personnel to monitor the situation.

Together with the Bangon Marawi Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and other business groups and in cooperation with the Philippine national police (PNP), the provincial government organized rolling stores that travel to different municipalities of Lanao del Sur, and sell basic goods at very reasonable prices.

The reactivation of LDS-PLPCC as well as the creation of Rolling Stores are just a couple of recommendations formulated by the Economic and Policy Advisory Team (EPAT) of Governor Adiong so as to continuously provide sound solutions to issues affecting economic recovery and development of the province. (MNY/RSP)

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