WHEREAS, it is the policy of the State to ensure the availability of basic necessities and prime commodities at reasonable prices at all times without denying legitimate business a fair return on investment;
WHEREAS, it is likewise the concern of the State to provide protection to consumers against hoarding, profiteering and cartels of said goods especially during the occurrence of a calamity, emergency and widespread illegal manipulation and similar situations;
NOW THEREFORE, I, JAPAL J. GUIANI, JR. Mayor of the City of Cotabato, by virtue of the powers vested in me, by law, do hereby order that the City Price Coordinating Council (CPCC) be reconstituted.
SECTION 1. Composition. The City Price Coordinating Council (CPCC) shall be composed of the following:
Secretary to the City Mayor
City Market Administrator
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Community Environment & Natural Resources Officer
City Legal Officer
Representative, Department of Agriculture
Representative, National Food Authority
Representative, Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources
Representative, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics
Representative, Bureau of Food and Drugs
Representative, National Economic & Development Authority
President, Cotabato City Grocers Association
a) Coordinate the productivity, distribution and price stabilization programs, projects and measures of the City Government and develop comprehensive strategies to effect a general stabilization of prices of basic necessities and prime commodities at affordable levels;
b) Conduct in-depth analysis on causes for price fluctuations.
c) Recommend actions and steps to correct unwarranted price increases and supply shortages.
d) It shall report to the City Mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod the status and progress of the programs, projects and measures undertaken by its member agency or office as well as the comprehensive strategies developed by the Council to stabilize the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities;
e) It shall advise the City Mayor on general policy matters for promotion and improvement in productivity, distribution and stabilization of prices of basic necessities and prime commodities;
f) It may require from its members or any other government agency such information as it may deem necessary, and conduct public hearings for purposes of assessing the supply, distribution and price situation of any basic necessity or prime commodity;
g) It shall publicize from time to time developments in productivity, supply, distribution and prices of basic necessities and prime commodities; and
h) Whenever automatic price control of basic necessities is imposed under Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 (Price Act of 1992), it shall cause the immediate dissemination of their prevailing prices or the price ceilings imposed in lieu thereof, as the case may be, through publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the city, and through broadcast radio and, whenever the same is deemed to materially make dissemination of the information more effective. It may also disseminate the information through posting in public markets, supermarkets and other public places
i) It shall establish linkages and coordinate with non-government or private organizations to assist in the monitoring and implementation of price control.
j) In time of crisis, calamity or state of emergency, the CPCC shall convene immediately after the occurrence of such crisis, calamity or state of emergency to coordinate the implementation of the Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act 7581, but not limited to the emergency measures enumerated hereunder:
i. Price/supply monitoring activities of basic and prime commodities should be conducted immediately following the calamity or state of emergency.
ii. Specific items identified as basic necessities/prime commodities not part of the regular monitoring may be covered.
iii. Frequency of price supply monitoring may be increased. Only items with price change and supply problems should be reported.
SECTION 3. Repealing Clause. All other order, issuances and memoranda issued inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
SECTION 4. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.
Done this 28th day of July 2010 at Cotabato City, Philippines.