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DTI URGES
Follow suggested prices
for ‘noche buena’ goods

BY ADRIAN NEMES III

With only 13 days left before Christmas Eve, the Department of Trade and Industry reminded stores to follow the suggested retail prices for “noche buena” products, DTI Negros Occidental head, Rebecca Rascon yesterday said.

Under DTI’s SRP found in the agency’s website, ham costs P138 to P748.45, fruit cocktail products’ prices are between P42.50 to P198 and cheese between P38.80 to P541.20 depending on their brands and weights.

DTI also reminded retailers that spaghetti sauce should be between P22 to P79.30, tomato sauce between P11.90 to P63.70 and creamers should not exceed P44 depending on their brands and weight.

For mayonnaise products 80 ml- P28.50, 220 ml-P40 to P83.50 and 470 ml-P83.50 to P165 while for sandwich spread products, 220 ml-P46.74 to P55.65 and 470 ml- P103.45 to P114.70.

A 400g of spaghetti pasta should cost between P30 P52.75, 450g- P39 to P52.50, 1.0 kg- P61.50 to P102 and 2.5 kg- P234.75. The 200g elbow and salad macaroni pasta should be between P25.75 to P32.50, 400g- P39 to P52.50 and 1.0 kg should be P68.50 to P120.75.

Rascon said they have sent teams to different grocery and retail stores to inspect whether or not they follow the SRPs.

She also reiterated her reminder to the public that when buying Christmas lights, to always look for the Import Commodity Clearance sticker either on the wire or on the package of the Christmas lights to ensure that the product has passed safety tests.

As of Oct. 31, the DTI has issued ICC certificates to 23 Christmas lights importers distributing 40 brands.

Rascon warned that those selling sub-standard Christmas lights may face P17,500 to P1 million in penalty.*APN

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