Pasay ordinance passed vs hoarding

April 03, 2020

THE Pasay City council has passed a resolution penalizing its citizens who hoard and buy unusually large amounts of products during this health crisis.

Under the ordinance, the city council noted that people purchase food and other essentials such as alcohol, sanitizers, disinfectants, face masks to the disadvantage of others.

“Dapat matigil na po itong maling paraan ng pamimili. Sapat po ang ating mga supply at ito ay ginagarantiya naman ng Department of Trade and Industry at ng Department of Agriculture,” Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said.

Per transaction, people will be limited to buy only up to three cans of sardines; five canned goods of any kind; two loaves of bread; a dozen eggs; 50 kilos of rice; one liter of cooking oil; 12 individual packs of instant noodles; one kilo of sugar.

One kilo or 12 sachets of milk; two bottles or packs of condiments such as soy sauce, vinegar, and fish sauce; six packs of dried fish; 10 small bottles of mineral water, or 8 medium-sized bottles, or five large-sized bottles, or two extra-large bottles.

For non-food items, the sale of alcohol will be limited to only up to two 500 ml. bottles, or three bottles below 500 ml, or one bottle above 500 ml; hand sanitizers will also be restricted to only two bottles whatever the sizes are; disinfecting liquids, two bottles whatever the sizes are; bath soap, five individual bars or one pack; tissue paper, 10 rolls or one pack sold as pack.

The purchase and sale of face masks will also be limited to five pieces for N88 surgical masks, and five pieces for N95 masks.

Disinfectant wipes or towelettes (wet wipes and baby wipes), four containers or packs; detergent soaps (powder), two bundles if sold in sachets; detergent soaps (bar), two long bars (bareta) or its equivalent.

Toothpaste, four tubes; mouthwash, four bottles.

The same ordinance allows registered retailers, sari-sari stores, restaurants, hotels, and other similar business establishments to purchase three times the limitation stipulated.

They are also required to post notices in conspicuous places within their outlets, including shelves, advising consumers of the quantity of basic necessities that they are allowed to purchase.

Those who violate the ordinance will be fined of up to P5,000.