Bacolod deploys price monitoring unit

Merlinda A. Pedrosa

THE Price Monitoring Unit (PMU) of Bacolod City will be deployed to public markets and grocery stores starting Thursday to monitor the prices of basic necessities this Yuletide season.

Executive assistant Ernie Pineda, head of market coordinating and monitoring task force, said Wednesday, December 6, that at least three teams will be deployed to the three major public markets and supermarkets in various malls.

The major public markets include Burgos North Public Market, Libertad South Public Market, and Central Market at the downtown area.

He said the PMU will concentrate on the basic necessities and prime commodities.

“We are conducting regular price monitoring to be used as a basis if there is a need for price control,” Pineda said.

Pineda cited Republic Act No. 7581 or the Price Act which states that unless otherwise declared by the President, prices of basic necessities in an area shall automatically be frozen their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control whenever the area is declared under an emergency.

The PMU will also monitor the uncalibrated weighing scales in three major public markets as well as substandard Christmas lights.

Pineda said that for complaints, market goers should report to the consumers’ welfare desk of the three major public markets.

“The consumers’ welfare desk will accommodate the complaints and will report it to the market supervisor who will relay it to the City Administrator for immediate action,” he added.