Prices of basic goods revert to SRP as price freeze ends

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2020   •   325

MANILA, Philippines — The 60-day nationwide price freeze on basic necessities was lifted on Friday (May 15).

This is according to the joint memorandum circular 2020-21 issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Agriculture (DA). 

READ: 60-day nationwide price freeze on basic commodities takes effect

This means that the prices of products covered by the three Departments have reverted to the suggested retail price (SRP) issued in September 2019 beginning Saturday (May 16). 

The DTI advised consumers to check on the SRP for guidance in order to avail of reasonable prices in local markets.

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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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