DTI: Price monitoring to mitigate effects of inflation

Officials of the Department of Trade and Industry DTI in Pampanga, led by provincial director Elenita R. Ordonio, briefsl newsmen about consumer protection, business development and other accomplishments of the agency during a kapihan dubbed Oy Balu Mo? Tuesday morning. Joining Ordonio are Nathaniel Samson, division chief of the DTI Pampanga Consumer Protection Division and Ma. Cristina Evangelista, division chief of DTI Pampanga Business Development Division. (Photo by RGN)
Officials of the Department of Trade and Industry DTI in Pampanga, led by provincial director Elenita R. Ordonio, briefsl newsmen about consumer protection, business development and other accomplishments of the agency during a kapihan dubbed Oy Balu Mo? Tuesday morning. Joining Ordonio are Nathaniel Samson, division chief of the DTI Pampanga Consumer Protection Division and Ma. Cristina Evangelista, division chief of DTI Pampanga Business Development Division. (Photo by RGN)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Pampanga is aiming to mitigate the effects of inflation through strict price monitoring.

DTI Pampanga Director Elenita Ordonio said monitoring of retailers’ compliance to suggested retail prices (SRPs) of basic goods and prime commodities is regularly conducted across the province.

This will prevent retailers from trying to jack up prices and victimize unwary consumers, she said.

The agency issues SRP bulletin to continuously guide consumers and retailers in their purchase and sale of basic and prime goods.

“Magrefer lang parati sa list of SRP para maiwasan na mabiktima ng overpricing. Naiintindihan natin na nagtaasan ang presyo ng bilihin kaya patuloy natin gina-guide ang ating mga consumers sa tamang presyo,” Ordonio said.

The provincial director added that the Price Coordinating Council is in continuous coordination with different associations of retailers to review the prevailing SRPs of basic goods and prime commodities.

“Tinitignan natin diyan kung balanse ba ang presyo ng mga bilihin. Ibig sabihin, hindi nalulugi at hindi rin naman abusado ang ating mga retailers pagdating sa pagpresyo ng kanila tinda,” she said.

In Pampanga, Ordonio disclosed DTI has not recorded any retailers who are going over the SRPs.

“In fairness sa ating mga retailers dito sa Pampanga, wala pa pong navaviolate sa product SRP natin. Sumusunod naman talaga ang lahat,” she said.

The provincial director reminded Kapampangan consumers to be vigilant on overpricing or selling of substandard items in the market.

She also warned retailers to observe the SRPs of their products.

“Kung may makita man po kayo na iregularidad, magreport lang po kayo kaagad sa DTI at kami naman po ay mabilis na umaksyon para maitama po ang mali,” Ordonio said.

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