Face mask prices jumps 8 times amid fears over Taal volcanoChristian Fernsby ▼ | January 13, 2020
The Trade Department and the Manila government have warned vendors not to incrse the price of face masks after an eruption of the Taal Volcano.
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“Let’s not use this time to take advantage [of people],” the vice mayor said in Filipino, adding that businesses shouldn’t put people’s health on the line for profit. “I don’t want to see asthmatic patients being rushed to the hospital just because they can’t buy masks.”
Lacuna-Pangan added that she was tasking the Manila Bureau of Permits and the Manila Licenses Office with inspecting businesses selling N95-grade masks.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) likewise said in a statement today that they have dispatched teams to monitor masks’ retail prices in the market.
“Those found to have unreasonably increased their prices for gas masks, face masks and other similar items, which act is tantamount to profiteering, shall be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law,” the statement reads. ■