The Philippine National Police said Sunday it is prepared to assist the Department of Trade and Industry, and local government units in preventing the hoarding of items needed against the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory (nCoV ARD disease outbreak.
In a statement, the PNP said it will help “identify possible storehouses, and track persons suspected of hoarding supplies and violating existing laws authorities have imposed.”
PNP Chief Police General Archie Gamboa urged the public to avoid panic-buying basic supplies and commodities and to remain calm and informed amid the outbreak.
“We assure the public that the PNP remains alert and vigilant to ensure public order and safety, and prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of the situation,” he added.
The DTI earlier warned retailers that the price of face mask must not exceed P8 per piece.
According to the Department of Health, the Philippines already has two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, with the second case having died on Saturday. —Julia Mari Ornedo/LBG, GMA News