Before and after the onslaught of typhoon Ompong over the weekend, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 02 intensified its Price and Supply Monitoring in the markets and grocery stores.

As of September 17, 2018, prices of basic needs and prime commodities (BNPCs) are found to be within the Suggested Retail Price (SRP). Moreover, there is sufficient supply of the BNPCs, including construction materials, specifically cement, steel bars and GI sheets, which could last for the next two to three weeks. As reported, there was no panic – buying observed among the consumers and stores were open as usual.

The teams also monitored the supply of rice. Accordingly, there is enough supply of commercial rice. It is only with NFA rice that there is a shortage.

Meanwhile, on September 7 and 10, 2018, OIC-RD Ruben Diciano, ARD Ma. Salvacion Castillejos and PD Bernardino Mabborang  lead the Regional Enforcement Team to a Special Price Monitoring and Enforcement in Tuguegarao City and Aparri in Cagayan. Six establishments in Tuguegarao City were issued Notice of Violation (NOV) for violating the Price Tag Law while three (3) establishments in Aparri were also issued the NOV for the same violation. Several defective 10-kilo weighing scales were confiscated and turned over to the Local Government Units.