The survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban are not just suffering from the devastation left by the typhoon, but also the abrupt and unreasonable price increase of commodities, and the lack of business establishments available there.
Fr. Amadeo Alvero, spokesman of the Archdiocese of Palo appealed to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for a “price freeze” on commodities in Yolanda-hit areas as their way of helping the survivors.
“We want the DTI to monitor and to implement the law; bring back the right prices of the commodities particularly the basic needs of the people here,” Alvero said.
Alvero noted that the prices in Yolanda-ravaged areas should be fair and just to the survivors, noting that majority of them are still unemployed, four months after the typhoon.
“Our plea from the different government institutions, especially the DTI is to control the prices [of commodities]to help the people. We know that the people are still unemployed and yet the prices are still high,” Alvero said. “We are sad about that.”
The prices in Tacloban, if not doubled were tripled by some abusive businessmen, Alvero said.
Earlier, Palo Archbishop John Du appealed to the government to make a concrete measure to control the prices of commodities and to supress some abusive businessmen there.
He added that the prices of construction materials in Tacloban has also “unreasonably increased,” prompting them to buy their materials for the construction of 40 houses either in Cebu or Manila.
In observing the Lenten Season, the Archdiocese of Palo will construct 40 houses for the Yolanda survivors or one house in 40 days.
“They will have to control about on those things . . . even I, I am ordering my construction materials from Cebu or from Manila, but not within the area because talagang mataas ang presyo nila,” he said.
Meanwhile, Alvero appealed to the businessmen to resume their operations to regain the lost economy in Tacloban.
He noted that only a few business establishments had resumed their operations a few weeks after the onslaught of the super typhoon.