Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte (FILE PHOTO)
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA)--The Quezon City government has reactivated a body that will protect local residents from undue price increases and ensure adequate supply of goods and commodities.
Mayor Joy Belmonte, thru Executive Order No. 11, mandated the revival of the Quezon City Price Coordinating Council (QCPCC) in a bid to protect consumers from price manipulators using the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law as an opportunity to impose exorbitant prices on commodities.
Belmonte, in her order, justified the revival of the QCPCC, saying it was in compliance with Republic Act No. 7581 or the Price Act of 1991, which mandates for the creation of the Local Price Coordinating Council
"There is a need to mobilize an organization/body that will monitor pricing, prescribe measures and necessary mechanism for stabilizing prices and assure adequate supply, distribution and marketing of goods/commodities for the welfare and protection of consumers," Belmonte said.
The QCPCC will have the City Mayor as chairperson with the City Administrator and the Regional Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as co-Vice Chairpersons.
The head of the Market Development and Administration Department (MDAD) will serve as Executive Officer with the heads of the City Treasurer's Office, Business Permits and Licensing Department, City Planning and Development Department, City Health Department and City Legal Department as members.
The Council will also have representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Transportation (DOTR), National Meat Inspection Service, National Food Authority and from the sectors of agriculture producers, trading and retail and manufacturing.
The QCPCC is mandated to coordinate and rationalize the functions of the member agencies to stabilize prices and supply of basic goods and prime commodities.
It can recommend to the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) or to concerned implementing agencies Suggested Retail Prices (SRP) or price ceiling for certain basic and prime commodities.
The Council is empowered to call public hearings and conduct dialogues with representative of DILG, producers, manufacturers, distributors, sellers and consumers, when necessary, to arrive at a reasonable price ceiling.
It can likewise recommend actions or steps to correct unwarranted price increase and supply shortages, among others.
During emergencies, the Council can convene to coordinate measures such as price and supply monitoring activities, increase in frequency of monitoring and submission of reports to the NPCC.
Concerned implementing agencies can also tap the Council to enforce price ceiling on basic goods and prime commodities. (PIA-NCR)