Amid the COVID-19 scare in the country, some products in different groceries in Metro Manila were out-of-stock because of some shoppers who wanted to ensure that they’re going to have a sufficient supply of daily needs.
Netizens showed on social media how the groceries their visited were almost empty because the consumers were already stockpiling their daily needs like processed foods, cans, and sanitary supplies.
Khristianne Kaye who went to Lands and SNR in Metro Manila posted some photos showing that the food supplies in the said grocery stores were almost empty.
“We went to landers and snr, sobrang dami tao kaya we decided to go to hypermarket kasi most of the necessities and yung milk ng babies namin doon available.. as of 7pm today.. nag papanic buying ang mga tao Nakakatakot … lalo na ang nasa isip namin is ung mga bata.. sana matapos na to,” she said.
This is also what another netizen saw when she visited a grocery store in Quezon City.
Meanwhile, some grocery stores already implemented one alcohol per customer policy to prevent resellers from hoarding it.
Another netizen then criticized a businessman for selling overpriced sanitizers online.
“OK LANG SANA KUNG SAMPUNG PISO OR KINSE PESOS LANG ANG TUBO EH KASO HINDI EH HALOS 90 TO 150 ANG TUBO SOBRANG DI NA MAKATARUNGAN!” netizen Ellen Quizela wrote.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) already reminded the netizens that hoarding food, face masks, and sanitizers are “unnecessary” despite the rise in cases of COVID-19 in the country.
“Ang dami pang laman ng mga grocery. Hindi kailangan mag-stockpile,” Lopez told reporters.
“Monitored natin ang prices lalo na ang basic necessities… ‘Wag magpanic at huwag ubusin ‘yung laman ng grocery. Hindi kailangan,” he added.