Mar 22, 2020 @ 16:50

Task force formed vs hoarding, overpricing of essential goods

The National Bureau of Investigation announced the creation of a task force
that will stop hoarding and overpricing of essential commodities as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continue to go up.

NBI officer-in-charge Eric Distor said the task force will look into social media accounts and websites selling overpriced goods like rice, canned goods and other products including masks, alcohol, and medicines.

“The NBI has the capability and our agents has the skills to go after these online criminals and no one will be spared. We will find you.’’ Distor said.

” Our operatives and agents are on the ground to ensure no one takes advantage of the current crisis by selling overpriced hygiene products like alcohol and tools such as thermal scanner,’’ he continued.

President Duterte placed the entire Luzon including Metro Manila under the enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of the feared virus COVID-19.

A memorandum from Malacañang on the enhanced quarantine guides government agencies to ensure the following:

Prohibition of mass gatherings and imposition of strict home quarantine among all households;

Work-from-home arrangement for the executive branch;

Only essential establishments are to remain open (those private establishments providing basic necessities and such activities related to food and medicine production i.e. public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, power energy, water and telecommunications)

Suspension of mass public transport facilities;

Restricted land, air and sea travel; and

Labor, social welfare, finance, budget and trade departments to come up with programs for affected workers and businesses.

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