Noche Buena items price hikes are justified and can’t be controlled – DTI official

Jean Mangaluz 11/29/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The increases in the prices of Noche Buena items are “justified” and cannot be controlled, said an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday. Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo said the…

Price hikes in 12 food items seen

Alden Monzon 11/23/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has recorded price increases in at least 12 commonly used food items during the Christmas season. The DTI will release today a list of 195 stock-keeping units, or categories,…

DTI to consumers: Buy Christmas lights with PS mark or ICC sticker

Alden Monzon 11/19/2022

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Friday made public lists of certified brand names of Christmas lights almost a month before the holiday celebration, reminding the public to buy only those that have certification marks.…

DTI asks noche buena products manufacturers to cap price hike to 10%

Daniza Fernandez - Reporter / @DFernandezINQ 09/23/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry asked local manufacturers on Friday to limit the increase in the prices of noche buena items to 10 percent. DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo made the appeal noting that the prices…

Senate bill seeks to protect senior citizens from cybercrimes, scams

Zacarian Sarao - @inquirerdotnet 08/28/2022

MANILA, Philippines – A bill seeking to protect senior citizens from cybercrimes such as text scams. has been filed by Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. In a statement on Sunday, Estrada said he filed Senate Bill No. 671 or…

DTI wants 3-year tax exemption for small online businesses in new bill

Alden Monzon 08/23/2022

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for a three-year tax exemption period for small e-commerce enterprises as part of a proposed legislation to encourage online merchants to register with the government. DTI Assistant Secretary…

High prices of school supplies has parents changing buying habits

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 08/20/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The rising cost of school supplies has some parents adjusting their buying habits. Instead of buying a dozen notebooks at once for her daughter, who is in high school, Marrisa Cagnaan, 48, chose…

Doing a Vietnam

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 05/31/2022

How we wish our next secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would be known as the champion and booster of Philippine exports,” someone mused in a conversation last week. He was coming from the…

DTI encourages working on-site in Alert Level 1 areas to help revive economy

Daniza Fernandez 02/28/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is encouraging workers to physically report for work in  areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 1. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez told INQUIRER.net that working on-site would revive the economy. “[Work…

DTI Cebu aids 671 MSMEs affected by Typhoon Odette

Doris C. Bongcac 02/28/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) distributed negosyo kits to more than 600 beneficiaries in Cebu to help their businesses recover from the ill effects of Typhoon Odette. Each of the negosyo…

DTI, DOH set purchase cap for paracetamol and other medicines

Daphne Galvez 01/11/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Health (DOH) have set a purchase limit for paracetamol and other drugs amid reports of shortage of medicines along with the rise of…

Crackdown on overpricing sellers in Cebu City starts

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 12/29/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Cebu City government has begun going after sellers and retailers who are overpricing essential goods here.  On the evening of December 28, 2021, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) caught a…

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