Stop Selling Overpriced Face Masks

Stop Selling Overpriced Face Masks

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OVERPRICED MASKS. Shortly after the public was advised to wear protective face masks to filter dangerous ashfall from the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano, prices of masks skyrocketed from the normal PHP30 to around PHP200. In Manila, the Bureau of Permits has started investigating the reported stores that have been overpricing face masks.

Also, Director Celia Carlos of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine made the appeal a day after the Department of Health confirmed that a 44-year-old male Chinese patient at the San Lazaro hospital died of nCoV ARD. Carlos also asked for additional hazard pay given to health workers. Because of the said nCoV people are now abruptly buying face masks. 

A health official Monday urged the public not to hoard face masks to ensure that there would be enough supply for health workers tending to patients who have exhibited symptoms of the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease or nCoV ARD.

DTI 11 assistant regional director Edwin Banquerigo said anyone who is taking advantage of the situation in connection with the 2019-novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) should be penalized whether the profiteering is done online or in the physical market.

He said they need the people to file complaints since it is hard for them to monitor who are selling face masks online other than the “physical” business establishments such as pharmacies and stores.

 

If found guilty, merchants will have their permits revoked apart from having to face charges.

The Consumer Act's Section 52 bans Unfair or Unconscionable Sales Act or Practice, and prohibits sellers from exploiting buyers based on "physical or mental infirmity, ignorance, illiteracy, lack of time or the general conditions of the environment or surroundings."

Violators will be fined from PHP500 to PHP10,000 or be imprisoned from five months to a year.

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