Face Shield Hoarders To Be Hunted Down By DOJ
FACE SHIELD HOARDERS – As the demand for face shields rose due to new requirements, several resellers took the opportunity to abuse prices.
This is what the Department of Justice (DOJ) wanted to put an end to. Recently, reports have surfaced of resellers selling their face shields at absurdly high prices leading the DOJ to chime in on the issue.
According to the Department of Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra, the government would find abusive resellers hoarding and selling masks at an unreasonable rate. As such, the DOJ urged the public to coordinate with the Department of Trade and Industry DTI if they knew such resellers.
On August 15, the government said that face masks would become Mandatory as an extra measure against COVID-19. This caused retailers and businessmen to stockpile or hoard face shields as the demand skyrockets.
Meanwhile, according to a report from Bombo Radyo Iloilo, several sectors including Senator Imee Marcos spoke out against the policy. Furthermore, Marcos said that the government should be the ones to provide a free face shield as the new requirement would only incur more expenditures for the Filipino.
Based on wholesale websites such as Alibaba, face shields could go lower than 30 pesos each. Meanwhile, retailers in the Philippines are selling these items at around 80-100 pesos each. Still, the public is quick to buy the products as the new requirements loom closer.
The same issues arose when the Philippines started to report cases of COVID-19, and especially when there were local transmissions. Hundreds of individuals were caught selling overpriced necessities such as masks and alcohol.
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