DTI CHECKS PRICES OF AGRI PRODUCTS, BASIC GOODS AMID BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS
On Friday morning, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Usec. Ruth Castelo inspected Makati City markets to check the prices of agricultural products and basic goods amid bad weather conditions affecting Luzon.
The agency conducted its inspection near the MRT Guadalupe Station.
62-year-old wet market vendor Minnie Rayos admitted she had to raise the prices of fish since her supplier in Malabon City has been imposing higher prices too.
During the inspection, Castelo observed that several wet market vendors were allegedly not following the suggested retail prices imposed by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Based on DA’s monitoring, the prices of select agriculture products such as rice, fish, onion and garlic have increased as of July 18, 2018.
However, the DA has yet to implement the said pricelist.
DTI URGES DA TO TAKE ACTION VS. WET MARKET VENDORS VIOLATING SRPs
Meantime, Castelo clarified the DA has the authority over agricultural products as mandated by the law.
The DTI official said the DA must also take action against wet market vendors who were allegedly violating the SRPs.
The DTI further said the cost of manufactured goods remained stable.