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Pasig City OKs anti-hoarding, panic buying ordinance

/ 07:33 AM March 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Pasig City has passed an ordinance penalizing individuals and establishments hoarding basic goods durin public health emergencies.

The local government approved  Ordinance No. 07 or the “Anti-Panic Buying and Anti-Hoarding Ordinance of Pasig City,” Mayor Vico Sotto said in a tweet Monday afternoon.

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The ordinance has set a limit on the volume of  specific  goods that can be purchased.

Under the ordinance, consumers can only purchase six cans of  sardines per day while retailers, sari-sari stores, restaurants, hotels and the like will only be allowed to purchase a maximum of 24 cans.

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For products such as alcohol, an individual will only be allowed to purchase one bottle (more than 500 ml); a maximum of two bottle (500 ml); or a maximum of three bottles (below 500 ml) per day.

Retailers, sari-sari stores, restaurants, hotels and the like will only be allowed to buy 15 bottles (300 ml); 10 bottle (500 ml) or five bottles (more than 500 ml) per day.

See the maximum quantities of basic goods an individual or an establishment can purchase in the table below:

Penalties will be imposed on violators.  For first offense violations, a fine of P1,000 will be imposed; P2,000 for second. offense and P3,000 and eight hours of community service for third offense violations.

For establishments, those caught hoarding goods will face either closure or the revocation of their business or mayor’s permit.

On Monday night, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire island of Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine” as the number of coronavirus disease 2019  (COVID-19cases ) continue to rise.

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