Product supply and price monitoring of Basic Necessities, Prime Commodities and Product Standards has been regularly intensified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province of Camiguin.
Starting February 2015, the monitoring and enforcement are no longer just focused on the capital town of Mambajao, stores around the island are monitored for Basic Necessities and Prime Commodities and Fair Trade Laws (FTLs) now expanding to the municipalities of Mahinog, Sagay, Catarman and Guinsiliban.
Prime Commodities are flour, canned pork and beef, instant noodles, vinegar, soy sauce and toilet soap while Basic Necessities include canned sardines, processed milk, detergent and laundry soap, candles, salt, sugar and bread.
Aside from checking prices, the team is also checking the labels of products being sold to ensure that consumers are getting their money’s worth down to the last centavo.
Enforcement of FTLs include the enforcement of the Price Tag Law, Product Standards and ensure that products in the store shelves are not expired, among others.
Violations of the FTLs are punishable under the Consumer Act of the Philippines. (Zita M. Abellare, DTI-Camiguin, PIA Cam Inet)