High price of basic goods hinder recovery – priest

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MANILA, March 17, 2014—A Church official is calling for a freeze on prices of commodities to help victims of typhoon Yolanda get  back on their feet.

Four months after the disaster, Fr. Amadeo Alvero, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Palo, said that increased price of basic goods have remained a major problem in Leyte.

“People continue to suffer because of these high prices especially of the food supply. We are sad about this,” Alvero said.

The priest called on the government to act on the problem, which doubles the burden of thousands of victims.

“The government, particularly the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry), must control these prices to help the victims because we all know that many of them lost their jobs,” he said.

Despite an earlier price freeze order from the DTI, Alvero said that prices of basic goods have doubled and even tripled particularly in Tacloban City.

He called on the agency to monitor prices of basic goods and ensure the implementation of the price freeze order.

“(We ask the DTI) to monitor and implement the law on price freeze order particularly on the basic needs of the people,” Alvero said. (CBCPNews)


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