MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, March 25 (PIA)- Product supply and price monitoring of Basic Necessities and Prime Commodities has been strengthened this month of March by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province of Camiguin in preparation for the huge influx of domestic and foreign tourists in time of the PANAAD, an annual pilgrimage of Roman Catholics during the Holy Week to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ.
Camiguin Island is not only a top tourist destination in the country but also a place for devotees to contemplate and pilgrims to offer a sacrifice during lenten season.
People from all walks of life visit the island yearly to make a pilgrimage by walking around the island. ‘Panaad’ is a local term derived from the Visayan word ‘saad’ which means “To Promise”.
Aside from checking prices, the DTI-Camiguin team is also checking the price tag and labels of products being sold to ensure that consumers and tourists are getting their money’s worth and ensure that products in the store shelves are not expired, among others.
Another upcoming activity to heighten FTL enforcement before end of this week is the conduct of “Operation Timbangan” in the public markets and groceries to ensure that all weighing scales used by the local businesses are calibrated and are within standards.
It is also to bring awareness to the consuming public that they should be vigilant against deceitful businessmen who manipulate weighing scales.
Operation Timbangan will be conducted in coordination with the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) of the municipality of Mambajao, National Food Authority and Philippine National Police and the DTI accredited Consumer Organization which is the Hibok-Hibok Emergency Assistance Team (HEART). Violations of the FTLs s are punishable under the Consumer Act of the Philippines.(Zita M. Abellare/Varry Labial, DTI-Camiguin, PIA Cam Inet)