Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Batanes Provincial Caretaker Ms. Marietta Salviejo together with the officers and members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Batanes Chapter and Provincial Administrator Mr. Ramonito D. Imperial jointly implemented the “In Store” discounted prices on basic and prime commodities and construction supplies in lieu of Diskwento Caravan.

Batanes Governor Marilou Gayco appreciated the proposal to roll-out the Diskwento Caravan as presented by PC Salviejo but she opted for the implementation of the “In Store” wherein business establishments will offer discounts on basic and prime commodities including the construction supplies which is more suitable to be implemented since everyone including the business sectors are heavily affected by the typhoon.

PCCI-Batanes Officers headed by President Dennis I. Lim ensured that supplies of the said goods are all sufficient since M/V Saver II had already arrived at Basco Port, M/V Saver 4 is yet to arrive – both are transporting basic and prime commodities while M/V Transcend, carries construction supplies will arrive at Basco Port on September 24, 2016.

As a commitment, the PCCI officers, who happened to be the officers of the Rotary Club of Batanes will have the In-Store Diskwento for three (3) days starting September 21-23,2016.

Meanwhile, the Batanes Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) is on standby in preparation for the typhoon which is reported to hit Batanes.

Proclamation No. 01 was also signed by Batanes Governor Marilou Gayco declaring Price Freeze and watch on all Basic and Prime Commodities and construction materials to ensure prevention of overpricing, profiteering and hoarding of goods.

In support to this, PC Salviejo spearheaded the conduct of special price monitoring on basic and prime commodities and construction materials in Basco and Itbayat, the worst municipalities hit by typhoon Ferdie.

Monitoring result showed that despite of the damages brought by the Super Typhoon, all monitored firms were found complying.