Egay Uy .
LAST week, the Department of Trade and Industry-Misamis Oriental Office and Cagayan de Oro City Price Coordinating Council conducted another round of monitoring in grocery stores in the city. The focus this time was on the compliance with the price tag law and its ramifications.
Of the seven grocery outlets that were inspected in the three-hour monitoring activity, a show-cause order was issued to one outlet for having found to have violated the law, and another notice of violation was issued to another outlet for its failure to comply despite earlier warnings.
Through a show-cause order, an establishment is given the opportunity to explain why no formal charges will be filed against it. On the other hand, a notice of violation is issued to one that has not rectified error or deviations from the law despite an earlier show-cause order. A formal charge against the erring establishment follows a notice of violation.
For the deviations found in the other outlets, notices of inspection result were issued and the deviations were required to be rectified right there and then.
After the monitoring, the CPCC also assisted the DTI-MOR destroy uncertified lights that the latter has confiscated late last year from stores that sold these items that either had no import commodity clearance (ICC) or had not passed the Philippine standards on safety and product specifications, among other reasons. The confiscated uncertified Christmas lights were all from Gingoog City. This means no violations were found by the DTI-MOR in Cagayan de Oro.
To recall, the CDO-CPCC has in fact also assisted the DTI-MOR conduct inspection of these items in earlier engagements.
The CDO-CPCC has become effective in its undertakings both in the conduct of price and price tag monitoring and information and education campaigns because of the active and effective presence and participation of the DTI-MOR under Provincial Director Ma. Eliza Pabillore and her lieutenants, Ms. Almer Masillones, currently the officer in-charge, and Ms. Roxy San Juan.
On the other hand, the CDO-CPCC has consistently had the active support of Councilor George Goking of the city’s trade and commerce committee, Supt. Mardi “Lodi” Hortillosa of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office, Mr. Tonton Resma of the City Legal Office, Mr. Nestor Banuag of Xavier University-Social Development Office, Mr. Tem Chavez of the City Economic Enterprise Department, and Mr. Jose Astrid Bana of the Social Action Center.
The other members of the CDO-CPCC who have in one way or another also lent effective support are the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Dr. Hector San Juan of the City Agricultural Office, the Oro Chamber, Ms. Carolina Serenas of the XU Economics Society, and the presidents of the Filipino-Chinese chambers of commerce in Misamis Oriental and in the city.
Of course, the programs and activities of the CDO-CPCC have been given the go-ahead by its chairman, Mayor Oscar S. Moreno himself, through yours truly; I sit as co-chairman.
Your CDO-CPCC will continuously monitor compliance by retail outlets with laws and regulations such as the price tag law. It will also keep watch of the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities in view of the perceived adverse effects of the Train law on prices.