There has been no significant increase in the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities in the three public markets of Bacolod City, Ernie Pineda, Bacolod City Market Coordinating and Monitoring Task Force head, said yesterday.
Pineda said that rates may change any time but they are closely monitoring them to make sure that if there are increases they are reasonable.
The city and the Department of Trade and Industry are planning a massive monitoring and the strengthening of the Consumer Welfare Desks at the Libertad, Burgos, and Central markets that settles consumer complaints, he also said.
Pineda also encouraged consumers to report their complaints at the CWD so that the city can monitor and warn vendors of their violations.
He also said the city is allocating P7 million for the renovation of the market buildings, market canals, drainages, and the comfort rooms of the Libertad Market, P1.5 million to repair Central Market buildings, and P3.5 million for the renovation of the vegetable section of the Burgos Market.
An additional P3.5 million is also needed after it was hit by a fire recently, Pineda added. *LTG