DOH sets SRP for face shields at P26 to P50 per piece

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2020   •   321

 MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday (August 13) issued the suggested retail price (SRP) for non-medical grade face shields for community use ranging from P26.00 to P50.00 per piece.

Any amount above the SRP is considered overpriced. 

Likewise, DOH Memorandum 2020-0345 states that 10 allowable variations to the SRP may be added to account for the distribution cost for Visayas and Mindanao areas.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo made rounds in Bambang, Manila City to check the prices of face shields sold in medical supply stores.

The DTI discovered that the price of face shields with foam starts at P65 in several stores while the China-made plastic face shields are priced at P30 to P45.

In other stores that sell face shields by bulk, the items are sold at P28 per piece with a minimum order requirement of 200 pieces.

Other sellers limit a customer’s purchase to 10 pieces only, due to a limited supply.

Castelo said face shields sold at P100 per piece are indeed overpriced.

The DTI has received several complaints of overpricing after the Transportation department announced that beginning August 15, wearing face shields will be mandatory in all public utility vehicles and workplaces.

“Kasi alam natin kung magkano ang presyo niya before nag-announce ang DOTr. Hindi siya P100 kundi nasa P30, P34, P40 lang (We know how much it costs before DOTr announced its directive. It wasn’t P100 but P30, P34, P40 only) so it’s unfair ,unconscionable and already a violation of the Consumer Act,” Castelo said. 

DTI Undersecretary Castelo said they could file cases against businesses that take advantage of face shield pricing.

The agency warned that businesses and individuals who will be found overpricing their goods will face charges for violation of the Consumer Act, and will be penalized with a fine or imprisonment depending on the degree of their offense. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

DTI to decide soon on SRP for gadgets

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to decide this week on whether to impose suggested retail prices for electronic gadgets like laptop computers and tablets.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the department’s consumer protection group is still studying the possibility and necessity of placing price caps on gadgets.

Lopez admitted they are reluctant when it comes to imposing price ceilings on gadgets as these have different performance, features and power.

If the study would show the need to impose SRP, the trade chief said this would only apply to the gadget’s basic features.

Lopez also noted that the price range varies depending on the brand.

The demand for gadgets increased after many companies imposed work-from-home schemes for its employees amid the novel coronavirus disease pandemic.

Bagong SRP para sa bigas, gulay at iba pang agri products, inilabas ng D.A.

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Epektibo na simula ngayong araw ang bagong suggested retail price (SRP) na inilabas ng Department of Agriculture (DA) para sa mga produktong pang-agrikultura na ibinibenta sa mga pamilihan sa Metro Manila.

Saklaw ng SRP ang bigas, mga isdang bangus, tilapia at galunggong, karne ng baboy at manok, itlog, mantika, asukal at mga rekado sa lutuin gaya ng bawang at sibuyas.

Inilabas ng DA ang SRP kasunod ng bahagyang pagtaas ng presyo ng ilang bilihin sa gitna ng umiiral na community quarantine.

Kung ikukumpara noong Abril, tumaas ng piso ang halaga ng imported special at premium na bigas habang nananatili naman ang presyo ng locally-produced rice.

Tumaas rin ang presyo ng karne ng baboy at isdang galunggong.

Ayon kay Agriculture Assistant Secretary Noel Reyes, maaaring naka-apekto sa presyo ang halaga ng produksyon at transportasyon ng mga produkto.

“Kino-consider dito ngayon yung mga bagong farm gate prices ng mga bilihin, no. Kasi nagmamahal din po ang production cost pati ang logistic cost,” ani Reyes.

Sa bagong SRP, P52 kada kilo ang presyo ng imported special rice, P43 ang premium, at P38 naman sa well-milled rice.

Nananatili naman sa P53 ang bawat kilo ng special variety ng local rice, P45 sa premium at P40 sa well-milled.

Ang isdang bangus naman ay dapat P169 per kilo ang bentahan, P120 sa medium-sized na tilapia habang P140 hanggang P180 naman sa galunggong.

Ang kada kilo ng karne ng baboy ay P230 hanggang P250 ang SRP habang P130 sa karne ng manok.

Ang sibuyas at bawang ay P100 ang SRP kada kilo, P50 sa puting asukal at P45 sa brown sugar.

Nasa P25 naman ang SRP para sa 350ml na mantika habang P50 ang isang litro.

Panawagan ng DA sa market vendors, sundin ang SRP na ipapaskil sa mga pamilihan sa Kamaynilaan.

“Nakikiusap po kami sa mga ating mga kasama sa palengke at sa mga local price coordinating council sa buong metro manila. Ito po’y ipapaskil. Ilalagay ho sa bulletin board para maging batayan ng ating mga namimili,” ani Reyes.

Ang bagong SRP para sa agri-fishery products ay inaprubahan ni Agriculture Secretary William Dar noong Agosto 3.

Layon nitong pangalagaan ang consummers mula sa hindi makatarungang pagtaas ng presyo at maseguro ang kapakanan ng mga negosyante at producers sa bansa. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

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Business owners in Manila reminded to sell face shields at a fair price

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government has reminded business owners in the city not to take advantage of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by selling essential goods and other products at higher prices.

The city’s bureau of permits issued the reminder on Tuesday following reports that some business owners are selling face shields at P100 a piece.

“I don’t think this is the time to take advantage of our public,” Manila’s Bureau of Permits Director Levi Facundo said in a statement.

“Nasa panahon po tayo ng pandemya, maraming nahihirapan. Alam kong apektado rin ang negosyo, pero apektado rin ang mamimili natin dahil sila’y nawalan rin ng trabaho, ng hanap-buhay,” he added.

While the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has not yet released an official suggested retail price (SRP) for face shields, Facundo said that its price should not go beyond P25.

He assured that once an official SRP has been set for face shields, the local government will strictly monitor the pricing of all businesses in the nation’s capital and warned to go after businesses that will be selling the item above its price cap.

He also advised consumers to take extra precaution in buying medical equipment online as they may be scammed.

“If you feel na ang isang nagbebenta ay hindi legit o kaya hindi nag-o-overprice, let us know. We will coordinate with DTI, we will send them show cause order, and pagpapaliwanagin natin,” Facundo said.

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