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Kakampi ng konsyumer! QC revives body vs. undue product price hikes

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The Quezon City government has reactivated a body that will protect local residents from undue price increases and ensure adequate supply of goods and commodities.

Mayor Joy Belmonte recently signed Executive Order No. 11 mandating the revival of the Quezon City Price Coordinating Council (QCPCC).

Belmonte said the QCPCC’s revival was in compliance with Republic Act No. 7581 or the Price Act of 1991, which mandates for the creation of the Local Price Coordinating Council.

The QCPCC will have the City Mayor as chairperson with the City Administrator and the Regional Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as co-Vice Chairpersons.

The head of the Market Development and Administration Department (MDAD) will serve as Executive Officer with the heads of the City Treasurer’s Office, Business Permits and Licensing Department, City Planning and Development Department, City Health Department and City Legal Department as members.

The Council will also have representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Transportation (DOTR), National Meat Inspection Service, National Food Authority and from the sectors of agriculture producers, trading and retail and manufacturing.

The QCPCC is mandated to coordinate and rationalize the functions of the member agencies to stabilize prices and supply of basic goods and prime commodities.

It can recommend to the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) or to concerned implementing agencies Suggested Retail Prices (SRP) or price ceiling for certain basic and prime commodities.