Issue of September 8, 2019
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Creation of monitoring team for pasalubong products urged
by Gaby B. Keith / PIO

A legislative monitoring team recommended the creation of a task force to monitor and ensure the quality and prices of pasalubong products in Baguio City.

The recommendation was made following the monitoring and evaluation of Resolution 436-2017, which urged the Department of Trade and Industry-Cordillera and other government agencies to intensify their efforts in monitoring price increases and other irregularities on quantity and quality of commodities, particularly pasalubong products, in Baguio.

The monitoring and evaluation was conducted by legislative staff officer I Michelle Dulay and was submitted to Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan copy furnished Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

The report stated that DTI-Cordillera Director Myrna Pablo, upon meeting with her office’s Consumer Protection Division, said that prices of pasalubong products are not regularly monitored as these products are not considered basic necessities or prime commodities under the Price Act of the Philippines as amended.

As such, regular monitoring cannot be undertaken considering DTI’s other regulatory functions and limited personnel.

The DTI, however, said it provides trainings and other assistance to entrepreneurs engaged in the manufacture and sale of pasalubong products aimed at improving quality and ensuring that they are sold at reasonable rates.

For products falling under the DTI’s mandate, a redress mechanism has been put in place to address complaints that may be filed by consumers against establishments for violations of the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

The report said the city council may refer to other agencies like the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration and the DTI-Benguet office is willing to collaborate with the city government in conducting any activity they deem appropriate to address the matter.

The legislative team recommended that the city council should request the mayor to create a task force or monitoring committee, to include as members the DTI and other agencies like the DA and FDA.

Its functions will include: Monitoring the prices and other irregularities on quantity and quality of commodities, particularly pasalubong products in the city of Baguio; recommending the formulation or adoption of policies therefor; and conducting trainings and providing other assistance to entrepreneurs engaged in the manufacture and sale of pasalubong products to ensure quality and affordability.

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