Price freeze in basic commodities until Nov. 3 – DTI

admin   •   September 24, 2016   •   4189

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The price freeze on basic commodities will last until November 3.

This, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The price freeze was implemented on September 4, few days after the bombing in Davao City.

According to DTI, the price of sardines stays at P12.50 to P14.50.

A loaf of bread is P21.50 up to P60.00 and P7.10 to P8.50 for instant noodles.

Also the price of bottled water is at P5.00 to P72.00 depending on the volume and brand.

Powdered milk ranges from P45.75 to P159.00.

While coffee is at P16.74 to P68.00.

DTI, however, stresses that the price freeze for LPG and kerosene has already been lifted. Because based on the law price freeze for these products is only valid for 15 days.

“Napagkaisahan na pabayaan na lang umandar ‘yung price freeze hanggang sa katapusan ng kanyang 60 days. Matatapos ‘yan Novermber 3. So, hindi pinalawig, hindi pinahaba,” DTI Undersecretary Ted Pascua said.

“Nandoon kasi ang ating agam-agam pa ‘pag sinabi mong walang nagbago at i-lift na ‘yung price freeze baka naman sabihin ng iba pwede na pala magtaas,” he added.

DTI calls on the public to report establishments that will not follow the price freeze.

Based on the law, violators will have to pay 1 million pesos plus imprisonment of up to 10 years.

Those who have concerns may call DTI hotline 751-3330 — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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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