SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Antique provincial office is urging the public to avoid panic buying even as the province is under “courtesy lockdown” from April 5 to 19, 2021.
DTI Antique Information Officer Lynna Joy Cardinal, in an interview on Tuesday, assured the public that there is enough supply of basic and prime commodities in the stores and markets.
“Per our latest monitoring of the establishments which was last third week of March, we still have enough supply of goods in the stores,” she said.
She added that the DTI Antique has its regular monitoring of goods every third week of the month, the latest was on March 15-19 period.
With the implementation of the courtesy lockdown, the provincial government has assured the supply of food and other essential goods will remain unhampered during the two-week duration.
“The goods being sold in the stores are also within the Suggested Retail Price (SRP),” she said.
“We are also contacting the store managers from time to time in order to monitor the supply of goods,” Cardinal said.
As of Monday, they have not received information from the store owners that there is panic buying among the consumers except only for liquor.
Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao on Monday afternoon issued a directive that includes the prohibition of drinking liquor in all public places.
She also directed that buying, selling, or transporting of liquor shall not be allowed until April 19, which is the end of the courtesy lockdown that aims to discourage people from traveling outside of their municipalities to contain the spread of Covid-19. (PNA)