The Quezon City government’s Market Development and Administration Department (MDAD) has issued a notice of violation to 111 market vendors for overpricing from January 1 to 23, as part of its crackdown against excessive pricing of goods amid the rising cost of basic commodities
According to MDAD head for operations Procopio Lipana, these cases will be endorsed to the Department of Agriculture (DA) for proper investigation as the city has no jurisdiction over the traders where the market vendors get their goods.
“The usual reasoning of vendors is they get their inventory at high prices from traders. But we need to cooperate with the DA to go after wholesalers (charging high prices), especially those the operate in Quezon City,” explained Lipana in Filipino.
The MDAD will also forward the receipts of transactions between the market vendors and these traders to the DA as additional evidence, if needed.
He added that the DA may also use the reports submitted by MDAD in analyzing and formulating an acceptable suggested retail price (SRP) for all stakeholders.
As ordered by Mayor Joy Belmonte, the MDAD is conducting daily monitoring of prices in markets all over the city to ensure that vendors are not charging beyond the suggested retail price (SRP) issued by the government.Aside from the usual monitoring of prices, Lipana said MDAD also checks and confiscates unsealed or uncalibrated weighing scales. SOVEREIGNPH