BAGUIO CITY, June 13 (PIA) - -The Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office convened its CONSUMERNET group together with the inter-agency Local Price Coordinating Council (LCPC) last week to get updates on price movements of basic and prime commodities in the region.
Myrna Pablo, DTI-CAR Regional Director and CONSUMERNET Chairperson, said with the growing concerns of consumers relative to the prices of basic and prime commodities in the region, there is a need for the council members to talk and agree on what should be the mitigating measures to do to ensure the public is protected from price increase.
Just recently President Rodrigo Duterte mobilized concerned agencies and ordered them to take immediate steps to ease consumer woes and protect them from profiteers taking advantage of the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.
Pablo called on the key agencies composed of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Health (DOH) who have the responsibility of monitoring the commodities under their respective jurisdictions to observe the movement of prices of prime commodities under their jurisdictions.
Lawyer Samuel Gallardo, Chief of the Consumer Welfare Division of DTI –CAR, reported that composite team of the DTI-CAR and Baguio-Benguet offices conduct inspection of meat, poultry and fish products. It was found out since May 28, there was no change in prices of said products but a week or two weeks earlier, increases were at an average of 7-8 percent for various products.
DA also reported on the prices of commodities for monitoring like vegetables, fish and livestock, palay/commercial rice, and fruits.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources likewise informed that they also do weekly monitoring of prices of marine and aquatic commodities in the city market in partnership with the Market Superintendent’s Office.
DOH, meanwhile, presented major laws in the country that form a great part in the lives of Filipinos as these ensure the availability of affordable, quality essential drugs and medicines.
DOE also presented an overview of the Philippine Downstream Oil Industry.
The meeting was also attended by other CONSUMERNET members such as the National Food Authority, National Meat Inspection Service, National Telecommunication Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dept. Interior and Local Government, Philippine Information Agency, Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Transportation, Department of Education, and Baguio City LGU. By Maria Aprila Cruz (JDP/MAWC – PIA CAR)