BALANGA City, Bataan- The Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday started its two-day special “diskwento caravan” as it assured the public that prices of prime commodities are stable and no panic-buying in Bataan.
Nelin Cabahug, acting DTI provincial director, said Secretary Domingo has directed the holding of the caravan so that victims of floods will be able to buy goods at 10 percent or more discount.
On sale under blue tents at the Plaza Mayor de Balanga were coffee, sugar, cookies, rice, vegetables, fruits, canned goods, toyo, patis, vinegar, catsup, salted eggs and shorts and T-shirts for school children, among others.
Regular “diskwento caravans” are held in May before the opening of classes and November in time for the Christmas season, she said.
“Upang lalo pang matulungan ang mga biktima ng baha, nag-utos ang secretary ng DTI ng frozen prices ng iba’t-ibang produkto sa loob ng 60 araw simula Agosto 22,” Cabahug said.
Among those with frozen prices are canned goods, processed and sweetened condensed milk, detergents/laundry soap, coffee refill, candles, bread and iodized salt.
“Violators will be penalized,” she said.
Cabahug said they regularly conduct monitoring of prices and the availability of supplies.