DTI to decide soon on SRP for gadgets

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2020   •   369

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.

Hirit na dagdag-presyo sa holiday goods, pinag-aaralan pa – DTI

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Pinag-aaralan pa ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang hiling ng ilang manufacturer na taasan ang presyo ng ilang produkto, partikular na ang mga kalimitang ginagamit tuwing holiday season.

Ayon kay DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, hanggang tatlong porsiyento ang hinihinging dagdag sa presyo ng mga manufacturer kaya kailangan itong masusing pag-aralan.

“Wide po yung range na hinihingi nila, from less than 1% to about 3%,” ang pahayag ni Lopez.

“Every year, talagang may mga brands na nagre-request ng price adjustment to cover for increases in cost nila,” dagdag pa niya.

Hindi tinukoy ni Lopez kung aling produkto ang posibleng magkaroon ng price adjustment pero kasama rito ang ilang brand ng de lata gaya ng sardinas at canned meat dahil sa paggalaw sa presyo ng raw materials.

Pagtitiyak ng kalihim, masusing pag-aaralan ang hirit na dagdag-presyo upang masegurong risonable ito.

“Ito po ay inaaral ngayon ng ating consumer protection group at kung reasonable yung mga increase. Kung hindi man ay binabawasan kung ano mang increase hinihingi nila,” ang wika ni Lopez.

Maglalabas ang DTI ng panibagong suggested retail price sakaling maaprubahan ang hiling na price increase. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

DTI to allow mall-wide sales to revive economy amid pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it will once again allow the conduct of mall-wide sales to draw more shoppers as part of government efforts to revive the country’s economy amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the move aims to encourage more customers to visit malls following the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) decision to ease quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and allow more people to leave their homes.

“Payagan ulit natin para restimulate ulit ang dami ng tao sa mall dahil nakita natin as we reopen hindi pa ganun kadami yung mga nagpupunta sa mall,” he said.

“Isang panghikayat ulit para sumigla ang ekonomiya ay payagan natin ang paggawa ng mall-wide sale o whether sa isang tindahan,” he added.

The DTI earlier said around 95% of sectors have been allowed to resume operations amid the pandemic, provided that they implement strict observance of health protocols in light of the COVID-19 threat.

Mall operators, for their part, assured they will continue to follow health protocols for commercial establishments to ensure the safety of their customers. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

DTI allows several establishments in areas under GCQ to operate up to 100% capacity

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2020

Several business establishments in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will be allowed to operate up to 100 percent capacity, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

In a memorandum issued last Friday (October 3), the DTI said business establishments and activities under Category I and III will be allowed to operate to its full capacity if they are located in areas under GCQ.

These establishments include: mining and quarrying, financial services, legal and accounting, advertising and market research, publishing and printing, film, music and TV production and recruitment, recruitment and placement agencies as well as wholesale and retail.

Meanwhile, food and restaurant establishments will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity subject to minimum health standards and safety protocols implemented by the local government unit. 

“The increase in operating capacity, menu offering, and maximum servings of alcoholic beverages shall be subject to the corresponding local government guidelines,” the memorandum reads. AAC


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