No price hike for 134 holiday goods – DTI

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019   •   537

MANILA, Philippines – Prices of some products will remain unchanged in the upcoming holiday season, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Friday.

The DTI said the suggested retail prices (SRP) of 134 holiday goods will be maintained including some brands of queso de bola, cheese, sandwich spread, mayonnaise, pasta spaghetti, elbow and salad macaroni, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, and creamer products.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said only of few premium brands of holiday products will increase prices while brands for mass-based markets don’t usually change.

“This is due to their fear of competition and the probability of losing market share in a price-sensitive segment,” Lopez was quoted as saying in DTI statement.

The DTI chief said six products have even lowered their prices by P11.

The agency said ham manufacturers also introduced new sizes for some of their products to make it more affordable for consumers.

The SRP of these products can be found on the website of the agency at www.dti.gov.ph or at the e-Presyo mobile app.

Lopez also advised consumers to prepare and stick to their shopping list, shop early and look out for promo bundles to save money this holiday season.

“Most importantly, I advise consumers to choose the products they find value for themselves and their family. It is advised to do the Christmas grocery shopping early and avoid the holiday rush,” Lopez said.

DTI, nanawagan sa LGUs at mall operators na pag-aralan ang ipinaiiral na ‘no return, no exchange’ policy

Robie de Guzman   •   May 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nanawagan ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sa mga lokal na pamahalaan at mall operators sa Metro Manila na muling pag-aralan ang ipinatutupad na “no return, no exchange” policy sa ibinibentang mga produkto.

Ginawa ng DTI ang pahayag ngayong Huwebes matapos matuklasan na may mga mall sa Quezon City na nagpapatupad ng ganitong polisiya lalo na sa mga ibinibentang damit at sapatos sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

Ipinagbabawal rin sa ngayon sa ilang mall ang fitting o pagsusukat ng mga nasabing item.

“Kasi doon sa no fitting policy nila tapos no return, no exchange, it turns off the consumer. Mas lalong hindi bibili yung tao na pupunta doon dahil nga kung hindi kasya ano gagawin nila dun sa bibilhin nila,” ang sabi ni DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo.

Paliwanag naman ng ilang mall officials, sumusunod lamang sila sa guidelines ng lokal na pamahalaan sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.

“We inform them before that no fitting is allowed and there is no return, no exchange,” ayon kay Luisito Lim, general manager ng Landmark.

“Sa ngayon kasi yun yung that was imposed to us by the Quezon City government so we are just following the guidelines,” dagdag niya.

Ngunit giit ni Castelo, maaaring magdulot ito ng kalituhan sa mga mamimili dahil ipinagbabawal sa ilalim ng Republic Act 7394 o ang Consumer Act of the Philippines ang ganitong polisiya.

Sang-ayon sa batas, may karapatan ang isang customer na isauli ang nabiling produkto lalo na kapag ito ay depektibo.

Payo ng ahensiya, magpulong ang mga lokal na pamahalaan, mall operators at ang Department of the Interior and Local Government upang ayusin ang nasabing panuntunan.

Iminungkahi rin ng DTI ang pagkakaroon ng uniformed protocols na ipatutupad sa mga mall upang maiwasan ang kalituhan sa publiko. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

DTI, may paalala sa online sellers at shoppers sa gitna ng community quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Marami ang nahihikayat ngayong mag-online selling at shopping dahil hindi lahat ng tao ay maaaring lumabas ng bahay at suspindido pa rin ang pampublikong transportasyon sa gitna ng community quarantine.

Ayon sa ilang online shopper, mas maalwan mamili sa online sites dahil wala silang ibang gagawin kundi mag-browse sa internet, i-click ang nagustuhang produkto, makipag-usap sa seller at maghintay kung kailan idi-deliver ang biniling produkto.

Anila, sa panahon ng COVID-19 crisis, mas ligtas mamili online dahil hindi nila kailangang humarap o makihalubilo ng personal sa ibang tao.

At dahil mahalaga ang supply ng pagkain at mahirap magtinda sa mga pisikal na pamilihan sa panahon ng quarantine, bumaling na rin sa digital platform ang ilang nagtitinda ng gulay at iba pang food products.

Ayon kay Barbara Belangue, isang online vegetable seller, sa Facebook lang sila nagpo-post ng kanilang mga paninda at may opsyon ang customer na i-pick up o ipa-deliver ang biniling produkto.

“Y’ong pagbebenta namin ng gulay, ginagawa namin is y’ong mga customers na makakapag-order sila sa Facebook, Messenger o kaya, my second option is, dadaan sila dito pero dahil noong nag-ECQ, ang mas madalas na magpa-order is through online tapos via delivery,” ani Belangue.

Suportado naman ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang online selling o electronic commerce lalo’t nasa gitna ng krisis ang bansa.

Ngunit paalala ng DTI, dapat naka-rehistro ito maging ang gagamiting delivery service, at ang presyo ng produkto ay kailangang nakasunod sa itinakdang suggested retail price ng ahensiya.

Babala ng DTI, maaaring kasuhan ang online sellers na magpapatupad ng overpricing o kung iba ang itsura ng idi-deliver nilang produkto kumpara sa nakapaskil sa kanilang online page.

“Kung ano y’ong naka-advertise doon sa online page mo sa social media page, kailangan ‘yon mismo y’ong ide-deliver mo sa tao,” ani DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo.

“Hindi y’ong fine-fake mo lang y’ong advertisement mo para lang makaengganyo ka ng pagbili pero hindi naman ‘yon y’ong actual na ipapa-deliver mo doon sa tao because it is going to be a crime,” dagdag pa ni Castelo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

SB Corp. starts accepting COVID-19 loan applications from small firms in GCQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   May 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.) has started accepting loan applications from micro and small enterprises in areas that have transitioned to general community quarantine (GCQ) , the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced Monday.

In a statement, the DTI said the application for the COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) program for businesses affected by the public health crisis began on May 18.

Under the SB Corp.’s CARES program, micro and small enterprises operating for at least a year prior to March 16 and assets not exceeding P15 million are eligible to apply.

The SB Corporation, an attached agency of the DTI, said the P1 billion loan program will help cushion the economic impact brought about by the pandemic.

Micro enterprises with asset size not exceeding P3 million may borrow an amount ranging from P10,000 to P200,000, while small enterprises with asset size of not more than P15 million may borrow loan amount not exceeding P500,000.

The loan shall be used to help the enterprise stabilize or recover from its losses.

The DTI said that specifically, small businesses may take out loans to keep their loan amortizations up to date for vehicle loans or other fixed asset loans of the business; replacing inventory for damaged perishable stocks; and to acquire working capital replacement to restart the business.

Interest rate shall be at 0.5% per month (discounted basis); and grace period of 6 months on principal payments.

Loan applicants may visit the SB Corporation’s website www.sbgfc.org.ph for the application form and submit the same, with the requirements, to the nearest SB Corporation office or Negosyo Center in areas under GCQ and modified GCQ.

The SB Corp. reminded applicants that strict workplace safety protocols will be observed and walk-in clients will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

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