Metro Manila mayors to discuss controlling price increase of commodities

The mayors of the National Capital Region will discuss the steps to be taken to control the continuing rise in prices in the markets, according to mayors ’council chairman Edwin Olivarez.

Olivarez told ABS-CBN Teleradyo that they are currently working with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry to control the mega-markets and venues where goods were delivered.

“Ito pong mga retailer po natin, ‘yung nagtitinda sa palengke, umaasa lang po ‘yan sa bumabiyahe, binabagsakan,” the mayor told ABS-CBN Teleradyo this Monday.

“Kaya po sa pag-uusap po namin, kokontrolin po ng ating Department of Agriculture pati ng DTI ‘yung mga mega-market po natin at ‘yung source po ng ating mga poultry na nanggagaling po sa mga probinsya,” he added.

He added that the monitoring of commodity prices will also be included in the meeting of other mayors of Metro Manila tomorrow.

Metro Manila mayors to discuss controlling price increase of commodities

“Kami naman po sa mga LGU, [katulad] kami po sa Parañaque, tinitignan po namin lahat ng mga biyahero, ‘yun pong galing sa Divisoria, galing sa Quezon City doon po namang binabagsak sa’ming palengke para po kami’y magkaroon ng price monitoring,” he said.

He also said that the issue of easing the age bracket (10 to 65 years old) of an authorized person outside residence would also be tackled by the Metro Manila mayors.

“Hindi rin po advisable na itong pong mga authorized person outside residence ay luwagan po agad ‘yung edad, ‘yung 10-65 kasi alam naman po natin ‘yung mga bata usually mga superspreader po natin eh. Mga asymptomatic po siya ‘pag lumabas po siya, umuwi po siya sa bahay, wala silang symptoms pero nakakahawa po sila within their family po,” he said.

“Personally po kami sa Parañaque po, hindi po namin inaadvise na until na (general community quarantine) pa tayo na mabuksan nang mas maluwag ang age bracket.”

Meanwhile, the Philippine Pediatric Society says it is not yet time for the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to allow children 10 years of age and older to leave their homes in areas under the modified general community quarantine ().