MEMBERS of Valenzuela’s Sangguniang Panglunsod have passed an ordinance that would protect residents from business owners that unreasonably hoard basic commodities.

The “Anti-Hoarding and Anti-Panic Buying Ordinance” will impose restrictions on the buying capacity of individuals and retail establishments on some basic and prime commodities.

Councilor Rovin Feliciano told The Manila Times that they considered Presidential Proclamation 922, declaring a public health emergency throughout the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

After a consultative public hearing with barangay officials, representatives from retail establishments and malls around the city, and other concerned individuals, the ordinance had set restrictions on the number of items being sold to consumers and retailers.

The measure also ordered retailers to present their business permits before they can avail of the higher quantity limits.

Under the same measure, Mayor Rex Gatchalian was authorized to create a special task force for its implementation and monitoring and to issue additional implementing rules and regulations, if necessary.

“That’s why I am commending the Sangguniang Panglunsod for the immediate passing of the ordinance, calling it a very urgent and necessary step that will protect the Valenzuelanos from possible abusive behavior of individuals and business establishments that unreasonably hoard basic and prime commodities amidst the onset of the pandemic Covid-19 virus,” he said.

Gatchalian clarified that the measure was temporary and shall be subject to constant review, depending on the developments on the effect of the virus in the coming days.

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