Paglalagay ng SRP sa bigas, pinag-aaralan na ng DTI

admin   •   July 2, 2014   •   15444

Bigas na tinitinda sa isang pamilihan (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Hinihintay na lamang ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang approval ni Pangulong Aquino sa paglalagay ng suggested retail price sa bigas.

Ayon sa DTI, ito ang magsisilbing gabay ng mga nagtitida at mamimili kung magkano ang dapat na presyo ng bigas.

Suportado rin ito ni Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Sec. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

“Ang maganda po kasi sa SRP, particularly for agricultural product, it works as a guide to everybody supply chain from manufacturers down to retailers”, pahayag ni DTI Usec. Victorio Dimagiba.

“Makakatulong ito para mabalanse pa natin yung interes ng consumer at yung ating mga retailers & traders”, ani PAFSAM Sec. Pangilinan.

Ngunit kung si Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares ang tatanungin, mas makabubuti ang pagtatakda ng price ceiling dahil may kamay ito para parusahan ang mga nagsasamantala.

“Ang kinaiba lang ng price ceiling at ng SRP, dito sa price ceiling kapag umakyat ka sa price ceiling, kulong ka. May kaso ka whereas pag akyat mo sa SRP imbestigahan ka lang.”

Hindi naman naniniwala ang mambabatas na lean months o panahon ng anihan ang dahilan kaya’t mataas ang presyo ng bigas dahil base sa nakuha nitong record mula sa Department of Agriculture, sapat pa ang supply ng bigas.

Maging ang DTI ay hindi rin kumbinsido sa dahilang ito.

“When they use lean months, we also challenge that kasi yung lean months, padating palang yun. Hindi pwedeng gamitin iyan. Magagamit yun after the lean months”, paliwanag ni Dimagiba.

“Tumaas ang production, tumaas ang inventory so may supply. Kaya I tend to believe, yung analysis of other that there’s rice manipulation, may nagho-hoard despite na presence of supply”, ani Colmenares.

Nangangamba ang kongresista na kung hindi makokontrol ng gobyerno ang pagtaas ng presyo ng bigas ay aakyat pa ito sa mahigit ₱50 per kilo lalo na kung matuloy ang El Niño phenomenon.

Samantala, plano namang bilhin ng NFA ang may 50k mt na smuggled rice. Nakumpiska ito ng BOC mahigit sa 10 buwan na ang nakararaan lulan ng mahigit sa 2 libong container van.

“Sa halip na ibang bansa ang makikinabang sa pagbili ng bigas ay bilhin nalng natin sa ating sariling ahensya”, saad ni Pangilinan. (Rey Pelayo, UNTV News)

P80-M worth of seized fake goods destroyed at Camp Crame

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019

📷 Bureau of Customs

Authorities destroyed P80.2 million worth of confiscated fake goods at Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday (October 18).

The seized counterfeit products were destroyed in a ceremonial destruction led by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR).

Out of the P80.2 million, around P58 million worth of counterfeit high-value watches, lotions, and branded bags were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

“To date, a total of fourteen (14) IP-related operations have been conducted by the BOC for 2019, resulting in the seizure of P7 billion worth of counterfeit goods,”said the BOC on its Facebook post. —AAC

DTI launches mobile app to determine product quality

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a mobile application that will help consumers determine product quality.

The app known as ICC Verification System is one way DTI may address the growing number of complaints regarding defective and fake products being sold in markets.

Using the app, consumers may detect if the product is registered under DTI and has passed the screening of the Bureau of Philippine Standards by simply taking a picture of the import commodity sticker attached to the product.

If the sticker is authentic, the system will scan and generate the details of the product.

If the sticker is fake, the system will not read it.

“That’s very important because if the sticker is fake, that means the product slip passed certification process. Not having pass the certification process means the importer is not doing the right thing. The primary risk there is that the product may be substandard,” said Ruth Castelo, DTI Undersecretary for Consumer Protection Group.

The app is free download on google playstore while its IOS version is still under development.

For now, the app only applies to products with attached ICC stickers because the DTI is still polishing the system on products havin the product safety or PS markings. – MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

BOC arrests Indonesian after bag yields P54M worth of shabu

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A female Indonesian was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday after her bag was found with P54 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

The BOC said the Indonesian national, identified as Agnes Alexandra, was apprehended when she arrived from Siem Reap, Cambodia early Monday morning as an X-ray scanning of her luggage showed suspected dangerous drugs.

Upon closer inspection, Customs personnel found eight kilograms of crystalline substances wrapped in aluminum foil and concealed under the lining of the baggage.

The substance turned positive for shabu when subjected to a test.

Alexandra and the confiscated drugs have been turned over to the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The foreigner will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

On September 28, the BOC said it also seized a similar shipment from another passenger from Cambodia.

This prompted the bureau to place all flights from the so-called “Golden Triangle” (Laos, Thailand and Myanmar) and neighboring countries under red alert for suspicion that a syndicate with the same name may be behind the illegal shipment.

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