DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has alerted business establishments in Pangasinan to prepare with the onset of the rainy season that may cause flooding and storm surges.
Provincial Director Peter Mangabat of DTI-Pangasinan advised the business sector to revisit their disaster preparedness plan in order to put into force mitigation mechanisms and measures to reduce loss of life and property.
“To ensure adequate supply of basic commodities in times of calamities, the agency requested big supermarkets and groceries in the province to increase their stocks on basic and prime commodities like noodles, coffee and canned goods, which are usually bought by the local government units as relief goods,” Mangabat said.
He added that DTI advised business establishments to set their prices within the suggested retail prices (SRPs) and to assign staff to manage the smooth distribution and selling of basic commodities even during and after the occurrence of calamities.
Mangabat also urged the public to be more vigilant and to report cases of profiteering, price manipulation and hoarding, which are punishable acts under Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act.
“For complaints, they may visit DTI-Pangasinan provincial office located at the 2nd Floor of Star Building in Arellano Street here or call 515-3183 and 529-6177” he said. (AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)