EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 24 Series of 2020

“AN ORDER REGULATING THE MOVEMENT OF BASIC GOODS AND COMMODITIES FROM BISLIG CITY TO OTHER PLACES.”

WHEREAS, Proclamation No. 922, series of 2020 placed the entire country under the State of Public Health Emergency as issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte arising from the emergence of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) which is highly infectious;

WHEREAS, President Rodrigo R. Duterte issued Proclamation No. 929 declaring a State of Calamity throughout the Philippines due to COVID-19;

WHEREAS, due to the above-referenced proclamations and outbreak of COVID-19, there exists a massive hoarding and panic buying of basic goods and commodities;

WHEREAS, in order to ensure enough supply of basic commodities in case the COVID-19 pandemic will be protracted;

WHEREAS, Article 87 of the Rules and Regulations Implementing the Local Government Code of 1991 has specified the powers, duties and functions of the City Mayor that include exercising such powers and functions for efficient, effective and economical governance the purpose of which is the general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, more particularly, the exercise of general supervision and control over all programs, projects, services and activities of the city; and

WHEREAS, said powers, duties and functions of the City Mayor aimed at promoting the general welfare of the city and its inhabitants necessitate the regulation of the movement of basic goods and commodities to provide sufficient supply for the people of Bislig City.

NOW, THEREFORE, I FLORENCIO C. GARAY, City Mayor of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, by virtue of the power vested in me by law, do hereby order the following during the duration of the community quarantine, to wit:

SECTION 1. Food Control Protocol. To ensure access to sustainable and affordable food to every resident of Bislig City, the transportation and/or consumption of food items outside the city’s territorial jurisdiction must be regulated by the LGU, to wit:

  • Only maximum of five (5) sacks of rice per week per wholesaler will be allowed to be transported and/or consumed outside Bislig City;

  • However, rice that are transported from other cities/municipalities that merely pass through Bislig may be allowed to go out of the city’s territorial jurisdiction, provided that a Vehicle Pass duly issued by the City Agriculture Office is presented to the checkpoint authorities; and

  • The LGU may also regulate food items other than rice if necessity arises.

SECTION 2. Monitoring of Goods. The City Economic Enterprise Development Office (CEEDO), City Agriculture Office (CAO) and all barangay officials are hereby tasked to monitor establishments selling food items enumerated under the preceding section to be transported and consumed outside Bislig City. Moreover, they are also mandated to immediately report to the Chief Executive any person or establishment engaged in hoarding of goods.

SECTION 3. Regulation of the disposition of goods outside Bislig City. The City Price Coordinating Council (CPCC) as reconstituted under Executive Order No. 2020-04 shall have the power to determine the appropriate volume or quantity of the basic goods and commodities that may be allowed to be disposed outside the city.

SECTION 4. Weekly Inventory Update. All wholesale and retail establishments selling food items enumerated under Section 1 shall submit a weekly inventory of the same.

SECTION 5. Price Freeze. The Department of Trade and Industry in coordination with concerned agencies shall implement price freeze on suggested retail price of basic goods and commodities pursuant to Republic Act No. 7581 otherwise known as the “Price Act”.

SECTION 6. Separability Clause. In the event that any provision in this Order or any part hereof is declared invalid, illegal, or unconstitutional, the provisions not hereby affected shall remain in force and in effect.

SECTION 7. Repealing Clause. All orders, rules and regulations, other issuances or parts hereof which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 8. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately after signing hereof and shall remain in force unless sooner revoked or amended.