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A consumer group called on regulatory agencies to fully implement the price freeze and penalize violators of the measure, which was imposed in Luzon in light of the impact of recent typhoons, according to a report by GMA News.

Interviewed on GMA News TV’s Balitanghali, Laban Konsyumer’s president Vic Dimagiba said that regulatory agencies should coordinated with each other to fulfill their mandate.

“We just go back to the basic e. If we want to discipline the market, I think we should do the work. Hindi nagagawa eh,” he said.

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“Kailangan talaga coordinated o synchronized ang regulatory agencies sa pagpapatupad ng kanilang mandate,” he added.

Despite reports of violations against the price freeze in markets, Dimagiba lamented there has been no reports of violators being slapped with penalties yet.

“Walang hinuhuli e at walang nanghuhuli...Sa poder naman nila sa price freeze, Price Act na kapag lumampas sa tinakda mong suggested retail price ay puwede mong hulihin ang nagtitinda,” he said.

“Right in the face ng mga regulator ang mataas na presyo, wala kang nabalitaan na nanghuhuli. 'Yan po ang puno’t dulo bakit hindi talaga nadidisiplina ang market,” he added.

Dimagiba said that the prices of meat and vegetables has gone up.

A price freeze on basic goods has been automatically in place in Luzon after President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of calamity in November last year.

According to Dimagiba, the 60-day price freeze will end on January 18.


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