Beat the heat: How much should you really pay for bottled water?

Niña Mae C. Oliverio 04/28/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Summer’s scorching heat is tough, but are you paying too much for bottled water? The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) cautions consumers to watch out for inflated prices when purchasing bottled water.…

Over 40 defective weighing scales seized in Carbon Market

Niña Mae C. Oliverio 03/24/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Office of the City Markets (OCM) of the Cebu City Government has confiscated over 40 defective weighing scales in Carbon Public Market as of March 21. Led by Market Administrator Robert Barquilla,…

Gov’t raises weekly grocery discount for seniors, PWDs to P125 

Alden M. Monzon 03/22/2024

New rules for the 5 percent discount on groceries for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) were signed on Thursday. The weekly discount limit will increase from P65 to P125 starting next week. The Department of…

‘High-level’ US trade mission to arrive in PH next week

Adrian Parungao 03/10/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry announced that a “high-level” US trade delegation is arriving next week to enhance “commercially meaningful partnerships.” According to DTI Foreign Trade Service Officer  Jollan Llaneza, the delegation, led…

Gov’t readies new discount guidelines for seniors, PWDs

Alden Monzon 03/03/2024

The national government is crafting new guidelines to expand the monthly discount cap on grocery items and prime commodities for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs). Cherryl Carbonell, officer in charge of the Department of Trade…

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…

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