The Mati City government has vowed to intensify the price monitoring of basic and prime commodities in the city.
The city’s Joint Monitoring Team for Price Control (JMTPC) led by Engr. Rosendo B. Linsag convened Tuesday and discussed the price increase of some products.
City Agriculture Office (CAO) head Eleanor Sambas reported the low supply of agricultural commodities in Mati in December as bulk of the harvests was made last September and October.
There was also an increase in the cost of logistics and the northeast monsoon or “amihan” affected the fish catch.
Sambas also cited the effect of the African Swine Fever (ASF) in the swine inventory and the price of live hog.
The members of the JMTPC will visit “lapagan” and public markets to conduct price monitoring and find ways to identify and effectively combat price manipulation, the city government said.
They will also help in tracking the supply chain and tracing possible violators of Republic Act N. 7581 or Price Act, it added.