By NITZ ARANCON
THE Cagayan de Oro City Price Coordinating Council would convene next week in order to map out plans to prevent prices of basic commodities from skyrocketing in anticipation of the second tranche of the implementation of the Duterte administration’s tax reform law.
Lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, the council’s co-chairman, said city hall, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture and National Food Authority officials, among others, would meet next week to see what they can do to protect consumers from opportunists and unscrupulous businessmen.
Uy said the price coordinating council would also do the rounds again and check on the calibration of has station pumps to make sure that consumers are getting their money’s worth.
On Tuesday, fuel prices dramatically shot up as a result of the move of oil producers to reduce their outputs to prevent an oversupply. The fuel prices are expected to further increase with the second tranche of the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law.
“Aron atong masiguro, kon ang usa litro sa gasoline nga gipalit sa usa ka motorista, usa ka litro ba gayud. Mao nang atong kanunay i-calibrate ang mga fuel pumps sa mga gasoline station aron walay limbong sa quantity ang mahitabo sa fuel product,” Uy said.
While local officials and members of the price coordinating council have no control over the fuel prices, Uy said the least it can do is to protect the fuel consumers of the city.
Uy said local officials were anticipating an increase in the prices of prime commodities in the city and elsewhere because of the additional excise taxes on fuel products.
Uy said the price coordinating council would closely monitor prices of commodities and would ask stores to follow the trade department’s suggested retail prices of basic goods.
“Aron dili sab magpataka ug pagpasaka sa presyo ang mga negosyante, mas maayo tong na-ay ilang sundon nga SRP nga i-issue ang DTI,” he said.
The NFA, he said, would also likely do the same thing when it comes to the rice supply here.
The SRPs for rice, according to Uy, would be determined by the agriculture department.
“Ang NFA under man sa DA. Mao nang kon dunay SRP nga i-implement sa NFA sa presyo sa bugas, kini nga SRP, gikan ka na sa DA,” he said.
Uy said one of the concerns of the price coordinating council is the stability of the city’s rice supply and prices.
“Ang mandato sa NFA ma-o man ang pag-stabilize sa presyo sa bugas. Mao nang kon mosaka ang presyo sa commercial rice tungod sa Train law, atong ipasiguro sa NFA nga abunda ang ilang supply sa NFA rice to stabilize the prices of commercial rice,” Uy said.