BAGUIO CITY, July 11 (PIA) - - People in Marawi City and other parts of Mindanao should not worry about supply and prices of basic goods and prime commodities as the government through Department of Trade and Industry is strictly monitoring consumer welfare and protection in the conflict – affected communities.
This was assured by DTI Undersecretary for Consumer Protection Teodoro Pascua in a press briefing at Azalea Residences here on Monday where DTI opened a three -day Consumer Protection Seminar for its personnel in Regions 1, 2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region.
Pascua said strict monitoring of basic and prime commodities and enforcement of the SRP (Suggested Retail Price) are being implemented in Mindanao especially in Iligan City and Cagayan De Oro because of their proximity to Marawi City. He added that buffer stocks can last for around two and a half months based on their monitoring on the main suppliers’ warehouse as well as of retailers and distributors.
DTI Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau OIC Lilian Salonga affirmed the stable supply and prices of goods in Mindanao. There are small price movement, either an increase or decrease of few centavos in some commodities like some brand of sardines but generally the prices of basic and prime commodities remains stable and there is no panic buying happening.
The DTI Consumer Protection Seminar is a capacity building for the DTI Consumer Protection and Regional Operations Group to strengthen their effort in ensuring consumer welfare and protection in the country.
DTI is also continuously working on expanding consumer networks and organizations in various communities and in strengthening those already organized, in recognition of their importance as valuable partners in ensuring consumer welfare and protection, Pascua added. (JDP/CCD with R. Galvan & S. Guarin- PIA CAR/UP Interns)