Complaints about exhorbitant prices and poor quality of face masks said to be vital in protecting people from being infected with the deadly corona virus disease-2019 (COVID-19) are now being looked into by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the police.
This was learned from Rachel Remitio, Davao City director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), during yesterday’s Habi at Kape media forum.
Miss Remitio bared that the DTI, as well as the Department of Health (DOH) have submitted the complaints to CIDG as overpricing and selling of fake masks are criminal infractions of the law.
The DTI official told reporters covering the media forum that the agency in Davao City receive an average of three complaints daily, including complaints against other non-compliant gadgets and products sold online.
She however agreed that there maybe need for a law that would regulate online selling of products and services which are not yet covered by existing laws regulating e-commerce and online selling activities.
Ms Remitio also admitted that the shortage of supply of face masks will continue indefinitely as there is an unusually high demand for the product in other countries, especially in China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic which happens to be one of the main sources of components of face mask being imported by face mask manufacturers in the Philippines. MAYA PADILLO