THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region reported that their Presyo Diskwento Caravans (PDC) were able to generate P4.66 million in sales last year.

During agency's Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and Stakeholders' Consultation at the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites on February 15, 2016, DTI-Davao Region reported that they staged a total of 14 PDCs last year wherein 12 were regular PDCs, while the other two were conducted in response to the declaration of the Municipalities of Sta. Cruz and Malag in Davao del Sur as under the state of calamity due to El Niño.

The caravans provide discounts ranging from 10 percent to 50 percent of basic and prime commodities particularly, school supplies, rice, and clothing, among others. Free wellness services like massage, haircut, manicure and pedicure were also provided as side events.

The PDCs were organized in partnership with big manufacturers and distributors.

The activity is a program of the government "to provide relief to workers through non-wage benefits and one way to augment their income to enable them to cope with rising prices of basic goods and services. (RJL)