Anti-hoarding scheme imposed in Valenzuela amid virus spread

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2020 01:14 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2020 02:04 PM

Customers rush to buy hygiene products and other basic goods at a supermarket in Quezon City on March 12, 2020 as reports of a lockdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak circulated on social media. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Valenzuela City government said Friday it was prohibiting local consumers and retailers from hoarding basic necessities amid the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The city council passed a measure known as the "Anti-Hoarding and Anti-Panic Buying Ordinance of Valenzuela City" during a special session Thursday.

The ordinance, authored by 1st District Councilor Rovin Feliciano, imposes restrictions on the buying capacity of individuals and retail establishments on some basic and prime commodities. 

Individual consumers are allowed each day to buy the following items in limited amounts:

  • Canned sardines - 6 cans
  • Other canned goods (meat loaf, corned beef, tuna, etc) - 3 cans each kind
  • Powdered milk - 1 kilogram
  • Powdered milk sachets - Maximum of 12 sachets 
  • Milk formula - 1 box or can
  • Coffee (3-in-1) - Maximum of 12 sachets
  • Coffee refill - 1 pack (200 grams and above); maximum of 4 packs (below 200 grams)
  • Bread - 3 packs
  • Instant noodles - 12 pouches
  • Eggs - 1 dozen
  • Cooking oil - 2 liters
  • Sugar - 2 kilograms
  • Rice - Maximum of 50 kilograms
  • Alcohol - Maximum of 2 bottles (500 ml); maximum of 3 bottles (below 500 ml); 1 bottle (more than 500 ml)
  • Hand sanitizers - 3 bottles (100 ml)
  • Toilet paper - 6 rolls
  • Kitchen towels - 3 rolls
  • Bath soap - 6 bars
  • Liquid hand soap - 2 bottles (500 ml); 3 bottles (below 500 ml)
  • Disinfectant solutions (Clorox, Lysol, Domex, and the like) - Maximum of 1 gallon
  • Face masks - 10 pcs
  • Multivitamins/Vitamin C - 1 box (100 pcs), 1 bottle

For registered retailers and sari-sari store customers:

  • Canned sardines - 24 cans
  • Other canned goods (meat loaf, corned beef, tuna, etc) - 12 cans each kind
  • Powdered milk - Maximum of 5 kilograms
  • Powdered milk sachets - 5 ties (regardless of kind) 
  • Milk formula - Maximum of 5 boxes or cans
  • Coffee refill - Maximum of 10 packs (200 grams and above); maximum of 15 packs (below 200 grams)
  • Coffee (3-in-1) - 10 ties
  • Bread - 10 packs
  • Instant noodles - 48 pouches
  • Eggs - 5 dozen
  • Cooking oil - Maximum of 5 liters
  • Sugar - Maximum of 10 kilograms
  • Rice - 150 kilograms (3 sacks)
  • Alcohol - 15 bottles (300 ml); 10 bottles (500 ml); 5 bottles (more than 500 ml)
  • Hand sanitizers - 10 bottles (100 ml)
  • Toilet papers - Maximum of 48 rolls
  • Kitchen towels - Maximum of 10 rolls
  • Bath soaps - Maximum of 24 bars of different kind
  • Liquid hand soap - 10 bottles (500 ml); 10 bottles (below 500 ml)
  • Disinfectant solutions (Clorox, Lysol, Domex, and the like) - 3 gallons (regardless of the kind)
  • Face masks - 100 pcs
  • Multivitamins/Vitamin C - 5 boxes (500 pcs); 5 bottles

Retailers acquiring goods must present their business permit before they can avail of the higher quantity limits.

The city government also warned that establishments found violating provisions of the ordinance will face cancellation of their business permit.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said the measure "will protect the Valenzuelanos from possible abusive behavior of individuals and business establishments that unreasonably hoard basic and prime commodities amidst the onset of the pandemic [of the] COVIC-19 virus."

The measure is temporary and shall be subject to constant review, he added.

As of Thursday, the Philippines has recorded 52 cases of COVID-19, with 5 deaths.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday also announced that Metro Manila would be placed under "community quarantine" starting Sunday after health authorities raised the country's alert status to Code Red, Sub-level 2 due to “sustained community transmission.”