Consumer protection important as economy opens up, according to Senator Go

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reiterated that regulations and other policies directed in monitoring prices of basic commodities are in place to protect consumers against businesses taking advantage of the pandemic.

The need to enforce these policies are important especially on safeguarding the population whose income streams are cut short due to the adverse effects of the pandemic, according to Sen. Go.

"In times of crisis, every peso counts. We should not allow corruption and abusive business practices to take advantage of the vulnerabilities of fellow Filipinos,” the Senator noted.

Government programs led by the Department of Agriculture (DA) such as as Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Marketing Program and other self-sufficiency programs are also key in ensuring that consumers get best prices on goods and the local supplies stay in business. Senator Go explained that food security is vital given that the future remains uncertain without a vaccine for COVID-19.

"We have seen how the pandemic broke the global supply chains of the food sector. Now is the time to ensure that we are food self-reliant and to reduce our dependence on global trade when it comes to food. Now, more than ever, we need to promote and support food security and agriculture in the country," he said.

Under Resolution No. 44 of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, a whole-of-nation approach would be adopted in the crafting of policies on price monitoring, price enforcement, and price adjudication.

DA's Bantay Presyo Task Force, pursuant to Republic Act No. 7581 or the Price Act, has reported that it has been proactive in its mandate to conduct price monitoring operations in all regions of the country.

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