AS THE holiday season approaches, some consumers may have started buying must-have goods including Noche Buena items. But wait, make sure that you are paying the right amount of the goods you purchase.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Negros Occidental has urged consumers in the province to report overpricing among establishments as the agency released the new suggested retail prices (SRPs) for Noche Buena products.
Starting October 31 this year, there are already new SRPs for these goods including ham, fruit cocktail, cheese, sandwich spread, mayonnaise, keso de bola, spaghetti, macaroni, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and creamer.
The agency, in a report, said some brands of these products have increased their prices because of higher costs.
Ham, for instance, the price ranges from P135 to P1,025 depending on brand and net weight.
Another in demand product during Christmas and New Year is fruit cocktail. In terms of price, it costs from P50.35 to P239.40 also depending on brand and net weight.
For cheese, the cost ranges from P49.50 to P269.50; sandwich spread - P21.05 to P205.80; mayonnaise - P28 to P283; keso de bola - P169 to P539; spaghetti - P19 to 92; macaroni - P18.75 to P98.65; spaghetti sauce - P22 to P84.20; tomato sauce - P12.25 to P78.25; creamer - P52 to P75.
Romel Amihan, senior trade and industry development specialist of DTI-Negros Occidental, said they are currently distributing copies of the new SRPs among local establishments especially in Bacolod City that hosts most of the supermarkets and grocery stores in the province.
Amihan said like other SRPs for basic and prime commodities, stores have to comply with the guidelines. If not, they might be charged of profiteering.
“We continue to urge consumers to be vigilant by checking on the prices of the products they purchase, if these are within the SRPs,” he said, adding that consumers may report to their office erring establishments.
DTI-Negros Occidental, through its monitoring team, regularly conducts monitoring to check the compliance of the stores.
Also, the agency has been urging consumers to always check the expiration date of the products.