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MMDA, mayors jointly boostSRP compliance in markets

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will coordinate with the Metro Manila Council (MMC) in monitoring of the prices of commodities being sold in various public markets across the metropolis.

MMDA Acting Chairman Romando Artes said Metro Manila mayors would help in ensuring compliance with the suggested retail price (SRP) to protect consumers from unscrupulous sellers.

On Tuesday, Artes led the inspection of Agora Market in San Juan City to know if traders and sellers compliant with the SRP list from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

He was joined by MMDA General Manager Undersecretary Procopio Lipana, San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora and DTI Assistant Secretary for Consumer Protection Group Ann Claire Cabochan.

Aside from price monitoring, they also checked the weighing scales of vendors.

For his part, Zamora said he initiated the market inspection to assure consumers of protection from price irregularities.

“I want to make sure that our constituents are not being sold overpriced commodities,” Zamora explained, adding that the San Juan City Government has Local Price Coordinating Council tasked to monitor the supply and prices of basic food items.

Based on the latest price monitoring, the SRP of imported red onions is P125 per kilogram, which covers medium and large-sized onions.

Two notices of violation were issued against retailers at Agora Public Market due to alleged non-compliance to SRP.

Agora is the sole public market operating in San Juan.

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