Monday, March 30, 2020

Price Freeze of Basic Necessities in Iligan City During the COVID-19 Scare

(Friday,  13th day of March 2020)

 

Iligan City – the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) held a meeting at their conference hall to discuss the current situation of our city with the country facing the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on March 13.

The whole country is affected by the COVID-19 and the country is divided, citizen either panic or does not care at all. And as we are all facing the reality and the complexity of this problem with the rest of the world, some people are taking this as an opportunity and want to profit from our demise. These people hoard antiseptic/sanitizing products for personal consumption and some hoard only to sell them at a very high price. These atrocities would rather see everyone else crash and burn, disregarding human safety and health. The government is doing its best to look after the health of the entire community and is encouraging everyone to look after each other. Let’s all stop panicking and hoarding supplies, the DTI assures that the supply chain is not affected and it’s business as usual with the basic commodities supply, especially if it’s locally supplied. The DTI reminds the retailers to freeze the prices and even if the demand has risen and supply is low, the prices of the products should stay the same as we face this crisis.

The Department of Health (DoH) tells us that disinfecting our hands with alcohol is just an option, this virus is best countered with proper hand-washing with soap and water and over-all proper hygiene. The DoH emphasizes frequent hand washing, and as the points of entry of the virus are eyes, nose, and mouth, touching your face is to be avoided if you haven’t sanitized your hands. The DoH points out that we should wash our hands with soap and water as much as we can and sanitizing with alcohol or any kind of sanitizers should be just an alternative in the absence of clean water and soap. It is also mentioned that we must observe coughing and sneezing etiquettes. Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze. Use a disposable tissue to cover your mouth or nose if possible. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15–20 seconds every time you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands every time you touch a contaminated object like a tissue. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizing products containing more than 60% alcohol. These products are also effective in removing cold and flu germs from contaminated hands. We are also to stay away from people who cough and sneeze, we should not discriminate but we have to be cautious. If you have the symptoms of the virus, have the decency and be responsible enough to have yourself checked at the nearest hospital. This is not the time to be embarrassed about it, think of the people surrounding you who might catch the virus from you. Know that being quarantined is being treated while not exposing others to the danger of contamination and transmission.

The LGU-Iligan condones any criminal acts including any retailers selling more than the listed price ceilings provided by the DTI. In this time of distress and hardship, let’s all be human enough to at least care about each other’s welfare instead of selfish gains.

 

– Kristoff S. /CIO-Web

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