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Vice Mayor Says Face Masks Prices in Manila Climbs Up To P200 Due to Taal’s Eruption

The prices of face masks in Manila climbed up to P200 due to the eruption of Taal Volcano, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan says.

On Monday (January 13, 2020), Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan said that the authorities will conduct an inspection in several stores throughout the Metro Manila following reports that the face masks prices spiked due to Taal’s eruption.

Lacuna-Pangan revealed that her office received reports that N95 masks were being sold for P200 from the previous P25 to P30 only. She ordered the authorities to inspect the stores and check the retailers regarding the information.

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“Huwag naman po natin gamitin ang panahon na ito para manamantala. Tandaan po natin, delikado po sa kalusugan nila ito, Ayaw ko pong makakita ng pasyenteng may asthma na itinakbo sa ospital dahil lang hindi siya makahanap o makabili ng mask,” Lacuna-Pangan said.

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Taal Volcano erupted on Sunday (January 12, 2020) belching ashes and small stones. Several local government units suspended the classes and government works to ensure the safety of the students and employees.

The state seismology agency Phivolcs said that volcanic ashes continue to affect numerous areas. Phivolcs advised the residents to stay at home, wear face masks, and to close the windows.

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The volcanic ash could cause several health problems such as coughs, breathing difficulty, throat and eye irritation.

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