Group asks DTI to thoroughly inspect imported cement

Niña Mae C. Oliverio 02/20/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A group of cement manufacturers warns providers of imported cement to be compliant with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s administrative order (DAO). In a statement sent by the Cement Manufacturers Association…

DTI allows manufacturers to downsize certain goods to offset rising costs

Alden M. Monzon, Melvin Gascon 01/18/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on Wednesday that manufacturers of essential goods can maintain profitability amid rising production costs by reducing product sizes or weights, instead of increasing prices. Trade Assistant…

DTI monitors ‘shrinkflation’ to avoid unfair profiteering

Jerome Aning 12/28/2023

MANILA, Philippines — “Shrinkflation” is when manufacturers reduce the size of their products to maintain current prices. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Trade Secretary Amanda Marie Nograles of the Consumer Protection Group said that while…

Make a smart choice: Top tips for buying quality Christmas lights

Pia Piquero 12/16/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – With Christmas only nine days away, everyone is likely busy thinking about how to decorate their homes for the festive season. Apparently, one way to truly embrace the holiday spirit is by embracing…

DTI shares Christmas shopping tips to consumers: Engage in ‘comparison shopping’

Pia Piquero 12/02/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – As the holiday season draws near, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) finally released its much-anticipated Noche Buena Price Guide for 2023. But before scrolling through the prices, the DTI shared essential…

DTI urged to impose price ceilings to avoid price manipulation this Christmas season

Niña Mae C. Oliverio 11/26/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — As the Christmas season nears, a councilor in Cebu City has requested the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to look into and impose price ceilings on basic necessities during the holiday season.…

Vendors urged not to overprice candles for Kalag-Kalag

Niña Mae C. Oliverio 10/31/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here said on Tuesday, October 31, that they had a suggested retail price (SRP) of candles for the All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day on…

‘We are not in a rice emergency,’ says DTI’s Pascual

Luisa Cabato 09/11/2023

MANILA, Philippines – “I think we are not in a rice emergency, so to speak.” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual assessed the rice situation, mentioning, “I don’t think the situation is getting worse,…

DTI-7 to focus on monitoring price cap on rice

Niña Mae C. Oliverio 09/06/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — An official from the Department of Trade and Industry in Central Visayas (DTI-7) has reiterated their focus on monitoring the price ceilings mandated by the president. The implementation of the Executive Order (EO)…

MEPZ retrenchment alarms Lapu-Lapu City official

Futch Anthony Inso 07/28/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The retrenchment of workers at the Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) will be tackled by a Lapu-Lapu City councilor with concerned agencies. Councilor Annabeth Cuizon said she is planning to meet with the…

DTI sweeps FB marketplace for ‘noncompliant’ merchants

Alden M. Monzon - @inquirerdotnet 07/03/2023

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) over the weekend said it found at least 37 Philippines-based sellers in Facebook’s marketplace noncompliant with the law, with violations ranging from failing to indicate prices for their products to…

Car dealers, who impose ‘installment mode’ called out

Jeanette Andrade - @inquirerdotnet 06/22/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Assistant Majority Leader Ernesto Dionisio Jr. wants the House of Representatives to look into the supposedly unfair practice of car dealers of limiting buyers to installment payment modes, depriving consumers of the right of…

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