Issue of August 5, 2018
Mt. Province

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DTI says slight increase noted in prices of basic goods in CAR

PRICE MONITORING -- In a recent visit in Baguio, Trade and Industry USec. Ruth Castelo (1st from l) took time to monitor the prices of basic and prime commodities in several establishments to know if business owners adhere with the DTI’s suggested retail prices. Assisting her are DTI-CAR Director Myrna Pablo and Baguio-Benguet Director Freda Gawisan. -- Carlito Dar

Prices of basic commodities in the Cordillera have barely increased and have been within the Department of Trade and Industry’s suggested retail prices (SRP).

“There is a very minimal increase.We haven’t seen any violation during our monitoring. The business sectors are very compliant,” DTI-Cordillera Director Myrna Pablo said on Tuesday.

She said DTI-Cordillera monitors 3,900 establishments, and all are found compliant with fair trade laws.

During the Convergence Conference for Business Establishments and Consumers in Baguio City on July 30, DTI Usec. for Consumer Protection Ruth Castelo said that there are now 18 brands of prime commodities with SRPs in the market, with the addition of seven brands.

This, she said, would give consumers a wider range of choices and information on other brands of commodities they often buy.

“The expanded suggested retail price is a mere expansion of additional brands in the list of the DTI,” Castelo said.

The SRP list includes the prices of canned goods like luncheon meat, meatloaf, sardines, and corned beef; condiments like vinegar, soy sauce, and fish sauce; soaps, candles, batteries, bottled water, powdered milk, coffee, and other products with different brands names.

“If consumers have a lot of choices, they can compare the prices and anticipate the cost, but the inclusion of other brands does not mean those previously listed are of low quality and standard but merely a consideration of the welfare of many Filipino buyers,” Pablo said.

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Gov. Crescencio Pacalso
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National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
Pines City Colleges
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