3 Manila firms caught overpricing face masks

January 14, 2020
Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno puts on a face mask on a barangay official on wheelchair yesterday. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

AT least three establishments in Manila were given show-cause orders while a number are still under investigation for overpricing face masks in the wake of ashfall that reached the city.

Mayor Isko Moreno said permits bureau chief Levy Facundo has reported that prices of face masks soared up to P700 each at a time when demand went high.

The mayor thus encouraged those who may have been victimized by unscrupulous traders to keep their receipts and then seek an audience with Facundo for appropriate action.

Similarly, Moreno also ordered a strict monitoring of the prices of basic commodities and other staples ‘dahil baka pati ‘yan ay pagsamantalahan.’

‘Eh halos lahat naman nakikinig.. only a few are trying to enrich themselves. ‘Yung resibo is a very good evidence so we can ask erring establishments to complain,’ he said.

‘Walang kakapusan sa basic needs so there is no reason to increase prices. Mga old stocks na yung face masks bakit mo ibebenta sa mataas na presyo? It’s unfair to the consumers,’ a highly-dismayed Moreno said.

He also warned that those establishments in Sta. Cruz area that were found to have taken undue advantage of the situation may even face closure of their business establishments.

Also yesterday, Moreno, assisted by former fifth district Councilor Ric Ibay, distributed N95 face masks to barangay officials, department heads and students after the city purchased and received donated masks in view of the shortage of supply due to reported hoarding.