March 27, 2023

The Department of Trade and Industry has reminded retailers and distributors that prices of basic necessities and prime commodities listed in the Aug. 12 suggested retail price (SRP) bulletin must be within their SRP.  

As mandated by the Price Act, the DTI from time to time may issue SRP for any or all basic necessities and prime commodities under its jurisdiction for the information and guidance of producers, manufacturers, traders, dealers, sellers, retailers, and consumers.  

Amidst the price movement in the global market of raw and packaging materials, the DTI received requests from manufacturers of certain commodities. These include canned meat, sardines, and bread.

The DTI, however, clarified only some manufacturers of  Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) of these product categories sought price adjustments. Moreover, those that seek an increase have not adjusted their prices since 2019, some even as far back as 2016.      

“The DTI is in constant communication with the manufacturers of basic and prime goods to check that requests for adjustments are reasonable. The DTI assures the public that any adjustment, after careful study, will be kept to a minimum,” said DTI-Consumer Protection Group Asec. Ann Claire C. Cabochan.  

The DTI reminds consumers to exercise their right to choose among the available low-cost, high-quality products in the markets.  

Consumers are requested to report retailers, distributors, and manufacturers that sell basic necessities and prime commodities above their SRPs via One-DTI (1-384) Hotline or through email at [email protected] – Press release