Popular drugstore retail chain Mercury Drug on Monday vowed it will not increase the prices of face masks following high demand due to the Taal Volcano eruption.
The store’s branches are, however, temporarily out of stock and is still coordinating with their suppliers.
It will prioritize areas near the Taal Volcano.
“Mercury Drug does not hoard face masks. Prices will definitely not increase. We are here to provide the best health care service to all our sukis (loyal clients), especially in times like this,” stated Mercury Drug in a Facebook post.
Demand for N95 and regular face masks soared when ashfall affected even Metro Manila and Central Luzon after Sunday’s afternoon eruption.
The Department of Trade and Industry will issue guidelines for consumers. It warned establishments against imposing “unreasonable” price increases on face masks and similar protective gears while vowing to deploy monitoring teams to check on supplies and prices.