Store owners in Albay face charges for violation of price freeze, price tag laws

admin   •   February 14, 2018   •   4041


A portion of the market in Albay.

ALBAY, Philippines — The owner of eight stores in Albay are now facing complaints due to violations of the Price Tag Law and the prevailing price freeze in the province.

This, after they were caught selling several products at prices over the suggested retail price (SRP) and without any price tags on the products.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is closely monitoring the implementation of price freeze in Albay especially now that the province is under a state of calamity.

The DTI said it will not issue any more warnings once they see violations of the price freeze and price tag laws, but instead will just directly file complaints against the violators.

The fine imposed on violators is P500 to P150,000.

“You do not make money out of the miseries of others,” said DTI Region 5 director, Jocelyn Blanco.

Meanwhile, the DTI conducted a Diskwento Caravan at some evacuation centers in Albay in which evacuees may avail of basic commodities and products such as sardines and coffee at very low prices.

“Even if na displaced sila. Life goes on parang normal (Even if they have been displaced, life goes on as normal),” said the director.

Evacuee Soccorro Solano was among those who availed of low-priced products at the Diskwento Caravan after the relief goods she received have run out.

Evacuees found it necessary to have a reserve of supplies as they wait for government aid to arrive.

“Kaya lang hindi ako nakapamili ng husto dahil walang pera (But I was not able to buy a lot since I don’t have much money),” said  Solano.

On the other hand ,the President’s emissary in Albay, Secretary Francis Tolentino, said there is enough food for the evacuees.

However, Tolentino admitted that there had been concerns in the stock of rice. But recently, he said the National Food Authority (NFA) has already resolved it.

“Parating na. Siguro hindi magtatagal. Yung iaangkat din nila, kasama yung commercial rice, hindi naman kukulangin (It’s on its way. It won’t be long now. The imported [rice] including the commercial rice will be sufficient),” said Tolentino.

On Tuesday, the provincial government of Albay received P30 million financial aid from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to be distributed to the affected towns in Albay.  — Mon Jocson | 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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