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Monday, September 21, 2015

DTI enhances skills of LPCCAC, SORCASS

SORSOGON CITY, Sept. 20 (PIA) – To keep abreast with and continuously perform effectively the monitoring and enforcement procedures required, members of the Local Price Coordinating and Consumer Affairs Council (LPCCAC) along with the officers and selected members of the Sorsogon Consumers Association (SORCASS) were exposed to a one-day orientation/re-orientation seminar on the Fair Trade Laws and the DTI’s General Enforcement Guidelines for Trade and Industry.

Organized by the Department of Trade and industry (DTI) Sorsogon, the seminar enhanced the capabilities of the participants on monitoring and enforcement of Fair Trade Laws, thus, made them equipped with the knowledge and confidence in doing their tasks as members of the LPCCAC and SORCASS.

76-yr old SORCASS member Jess Mansor said by the activity, he is once more refreshed of the mandated monitoring functions and his limitations when it comes to enforcement. He said though he had underwent before an orientation on the same topic, it is good to be reoriented as his mind also faltered through the years.

Resource Speaker DTI Regional Office 5 Mediation and Hearing Officer Fernando Clutario said the monitoring and enforcement work entails commitment, long patience and the ability to handle work with difficult people in difficult situations.

He said during the LPCCAC and SORCASS monitoring, the DTI through its authorized enforcers keeps track, watches, observes or check on goods, products, operations or services of private business entities seeing to it that these comply with existing DTI laws and regulations, while in enforcing, the enforcement agent detects violations or possible violations of the DTI laws and regulations based on the products, goods and operations and services of private businesses and entities.

Among members of the LPCCAC, the DTI, DA, DOH, DENR, DOE have specific functions stipulated in the Joint Administrative Order No 13-1, s. 2013 where DENR has he jurisdiction in monitoring firewood, plywood, charcoal, plyboard, nipa shingles, and sawali; the DTI on basic necessities and prime commodities with the new inclusions of potable water in bottles and containers, fresh fruits, locally manufactured instant noodles, fresh fruits, and livestock and fishery, among others; the DOH on drugs and medicines that are both included and non-included in the current edition of the Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF) Essential Drug List (EDL); the DA on agriculture products and livestock; and the DOE on household LPG and petroleum,

Meanwhile, salient provisions of the Price Tag Law or RA 7581 as amended by RA 10623 were also explicitly discussed. According to Clutario, every type of item must have a specified tag price. “In case of two tag price in one item, the lowest price must prevail. Groceries and sari-sari stores are not exempted of the price tag law. Price verifiers must not be a substitute of tag price,” he added.

Clutario further said that RA 7531 protects the consumers by stabilizing the price of supply of basic necessities and prime commodities and prescribes measures against price increases especially during emergency situations.

He likewise said that the price monitoring must regularly be conducted as this would be the basis of the prevailing price especially in times of calamities, as well as basis in determining the price ceilings and price control. “In times of calamities, the prevailing price must not be increased to more than 10 percent otherwise there will be violation,” Clutario added. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

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