CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Nov. 27 (PIA) –In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, DTI imposes a nationwide price freeze for basic necessities consequent to Presidential Proclamation No. 682 and the Price Act (Republic Act No. 7581).
DTI enjoins all establishments to comply with the specified prices per province and reminds retailers that non-compliance entails a penalty of imprisonment of not less than five years nor more than 15 years; or a fine of not less than P5,000 nor more than P2-million.
In Rizal, prices of canned sardines (155g) ranges from P12.50 to P13.80; powdered filled milk (150g, Bear Brand, Alaska, and Birch Tree brands) from P45.00 to P72.50 (Nido Fortified Full Cream); instant coffee refill packs, P16.75 ~ P19.95 for 25-gram packs, and P33.5~P39.50 for 50-gram packs; detergent bar/laundry soap (420grams) from P18.05 to P20.50; and loaf bread from P46.00 to P50.00 for 400g, and P49.50~P62.00 for 600g.
Rizal’s price freeze values were determined on the prevailing prices of commodities before Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the country and will be effective from November 11, 2013 to January 9, 2014.
The Price Act (RA 7581) defines that prices of basic necessities in areas under state of calamity are controlled, or on a ‘freeze’, for 60 days.
Consumers are advised to carefully check the weight and price tag of products before purchase. For inquiries and/or complaints, visit DTI Rizal Provincial Office or contact telephones +632.695-1711; +632.470-8824; and +632.570-4178; email: email@example.com, or call the National Price Control Council Secretariat, DTI-Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (BTRCP) at +632.751.3233. (Charlie S. Dajao, DTI Calabarzon/PIA-Rizal)