DTI probes reports on alleged abuse of PWD discount cards

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 23, 2020   •   410

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will investigate the reports of alleged misuse of Persons with Disability (PWD) identification cards.

A photo circulated on social media last 20 June 2020 showing a photo of a family from Quezon City with all members supposedly visually impaired and one with psychosocial disability.

“Abuse of privilege in any law ruins the spirit behind it. Such a discount is solely meant for actual persons with disabilities. DTI, through the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB), is currently investigating the matter,” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said.

He also emphasized that such corruption is not tolerated and must immediately be reported to the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

The department said it is also ready to file charges against individuals proven to have fake PWD ID cards.

“Especially in this time of crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, people should not be abusing their PWD ID cards since many restaurant owners are also facing difficulty in keeping their businesses afloat,” he said. AAC

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.

Reopening of internet cafes up to LGUs, DTI says

Robie de Guzman   •   September 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The decision on whether to resume the operations of internet cafes will be up to local chief executives, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) following the implementation of new community quarantine restrictions on Tuesday.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said they will leave to Metro Manila mayors the timing of the reopening of internet cafes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allowed the resumption of limited operations of gyms, personal grooming centers, drive-in cinemas and review and tutorial centers in areas under general community quarantine.

Lopez said they will release a set of guidelines recommending the operating capacity of these establishments, as well as additional health protocols to prevent the further spread of novel coronavirus disease.

The DTI chief issued the statement following the announcement of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on the resumption of limited operations of internet cafes and sports facilities such as gyms.

Domagoso also adjusted the curfew hours to 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Limited dine-in service, salons in Metro Manila to resume on August 19, DTI says

Robie de Guzman   •   August 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Dine-in services in restaurants, and salons in Metro Manila and nearby provinces may resume operations by Wednesday, August 19 when it eases back to general community quarantine (GCQ), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

On Monday night, the government announced that Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite will be placed under GCQ from the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine starting August 19 to August 31.

Aside from dine-in services and salons, barbershops and establishments offering personal grooming and aesthetic services, and pet grooming will also be allowed to operate starting Wednesday.

The DTI, however, stressed that operations can only resume up to 50 percent of the establishment’s capacity.

Minimum health standards, such as physical distancing should also be strictly observed. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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