Pasay to penalize hoarders, panic buyers
The Pasay City Council passed an ordinance penalizing residents who hoard and resort to panic buying during the enhanced community quarantine.
The council said some “people purchase food and other essentials such as alcohol, sanitizers, disinfectants, face masks to the disadvantage of others.”
“Such shopping practices must stop. We have ample supply, and this was guaranteed by the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Agriculture,” Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said in a statement.
Under the ordinance, people will be limited to buy of only up to three cans of sardines, five canned goods of any kind, two loaves of bread, a dozen eggs, 50 kilos of rice;, one liter of cooking oil, 12 individual packs of instant noodles, and one kilo of sugar, per transaction. This also includes one kilo or 12 sachets of milk, two bottles or packs of condiments such as soy sauce, vinegar, and fish sauce, and six-packs of dried fish. For drinks, it will be a choice of 10 small bottles of mineral water, eight medium-sized bottles, five large-sized bottles, or two extra-large bottles.
For non-food items, Pasay City said sales are restricted to two bottles, any size, each of hand sanitizers and disinfecting liquid, five individual bars or one pack of soap, and 10 rolls or one pack of tissue rolls. Alcohol will be limited to up to two 500 ml bottles, three bottles below 500 ml, or one bottle above 500 ml.
Cleaning agents are at a maximum of four packs of wet wipes, two bundles of detergent powder in sachet packs, two long bars of detergent soap, four tubes of toothpaste, and four bottles of mouthwash.
Meantime, the purchase and sale of face masks will also be limited to five pieces for N88 surgical masks, and five pieces for N95 masks.
On the other hand, the ordinance allows registered retailers, sari-sari stores, restaurants, hotels, and other similar business establishments to purchase three times the limitation stipulated. They are ordered by the city government to post notices in conspicuous places within their outlets, including shelves, advising consumers of the quantity of basic necessities that they are allowed to purchase.
The local government of Pasay said violators of the said ordinance will be fined up to P5,000.
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