THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday alerted all its units in disaster stricken areas in Metro Manila and outlying regions to strictly monitor sudden spikes in the price of basic and essential commodities.
PNP Public Information chief, Sr. Supt. Reuben Theodore said that some unscrupulous businessmen and traders may take advantage of the calamity situation and jack up prices of basic and essential commodities.
“They are to be on guard against possible price control and trade violations by some unscrupulous businessmen and traders and take advantage of the situation,” Sindac said.
The PNP official said that local police units were given instructions to intensify their law enforcement operations in evacuated communities to prevent possible looting of abandoned residences.
Sindac said that the PNP high command issued these instructions to PNP Regional, Provincial, City and Municipal Police Offices to ensure that victims of the calamity will not fall victims to crime.
The PNP official said the instructions were issued in support of the policy of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for automatic “price freeze” on goods in areas declared under state of calamity.
“Police units in disaster-affected areas of Luzon were alerted to assist DTI and local government units [LGUs] in monitoring market conditions against possible trade and price control violations,” Sindac said.
The PNP official said that police units in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog region are the frontrunners in this effort since these areas are under their supervision.