Tupas eyes council to monitor overpriced goods

Iloilo City Councilor Candice Magdalene Tupas
Iloilo City Councilor Candice Magdalene Tupas

Councilor Candice Tupas is planning to file an ordinance establishing a council that would monitor prices of goods in public markets in Iloilo City.

The Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) will make sure that vendors are not selling overpriced goods, said Tupas, who is also the chairman of the City Council’s trade committee.

The council will also be given the authority to impose sanctions on erring vendors, she added.

The city has seven public markets. These are the Iloilo Central Market, Iloilo Terminal Market (Super), Jaro Big Market, Jaro Small Market, La Paz Public Market, Mandurriao Public Market, and Arevalo Public Market.

Tupas said there are teams from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), and City Agriculture Office, that monitor the prices of goods in the markets but opportunistic vendors are sanctioned.IMT