imminent passage of
the revised VAT law and the recent increase in the prices of oil and
Vice President Noli “Kabayan” De Castro warned traders from effecting
unwarranted hikes in the prices of consumer goods, especially basic
and prime commodities used by the majority of Filipinos.
Coordinating Council (NPCC), chaired by the Department of Trade and
(DTI), the government has intensified its monitoring of the prices of
prime goods since November of last year.
The NPCC and its member government
agencies, such as the DTI and the
Department of Agriculture (DA), have the data available to determine
warranted and necessary, should the increase in prices of consumer
be as caused by such factors as the passage of the revised VAT law and
and power hikes.
Dahil sa hirap
minsan ay hindi talaga natin mapipigilan ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga
bilihin. Subalit, makaka-asa kayo na
sisiguruhin naming, bilang inyong pinagkakatiwalaang pamahalaan, na
pagtaas sa presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin ay nararapat at may tamang
basehan. Any manufacturer or trader
found overpricing or prematurely increasing the prices of their goods
dealt with severely.
lamented that some unscrupulous businessmen may take advantage of the
situation and hike their prices to the prejudice of the consuming
In any event,
President stressed that the government has existing programs to
prices of basic and prime goods.
Prospero Nograles proposed that the President create an executive price
and regulatory task force for "socially sensitive products" such as
liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), cooking oil, medicines, educational
other basic commodities. “The task force
should put a price cap on these products until the government can put
economy back in shape,” Nograles said.
the existing Price Act (Republic Act No. 7581), there are two
types of price control
that can be imposed by the government:
- Automatic price control when
prices of basic necessities are automatically placed under price
control whenever the President declares an area under a state of
calamity, disaster, emergency, rebellion, war, martial law, or when the
privilege of the writ of habeas corpus has been suspended. This shall
remain effective for the duration of the condition that brought it
about, but not more than 60 days.
price control where the NPCC or the implementing agency (such as the
DTI, DA, DOH and DENR) may recommend to the President the imposition of
mandated price ceilings on any or all of the products that fall under
the list of basic necessities and prime commodities when there is
impendency/threat, existence or effects of a calamity or emergency or
any event that causes artificial or unreasonable increase in prices; or
whenever the prevailing prices have risen to unreasonable levels.
confident, though, that since the times call for sacrifices from all
society, a great majority of the Filipinos would live up to their known
resiliency in the face of adversity.
patuloy na pagtaas sa presyo ng langis at napipintong dagdag na pasahe
pampublikong sasakyan, nararapat lamang na magtulong-tulong ang lahat
maibsan ang epekto ng mga pagtaas na ito. Kaya ako ay umaasang sa halip
magsamantala ang ilan nating negosyante, manaig ang kanilang
huwag magpataw nang di-nararapat na karagdagang singil sa kanilang
ay kanilang maisip na sila (mga negosyante) din ang maaapektuhan
na makakayanan ng mamimili ang di-makatarungang presyong kanilang
kanilang mga bilihin.