Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said the agency will bring the Diskwento Caravan in areas affected by Super Typhoon Rolly.
During a cabinet meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte recently, Lopez said DTI eyes to hold Diskwento Caravan in two to three local government units (LGUs) for consumers in areas affected by Rolly to avail of basic and prime commodities at a discounted price.
The Trade Secretary added that DTI is partnering with the Department of Agriculture to also have the Bagsakan Center in areas where Diskwento Caravan will be held.
“Prices are stable because the flow of goods and services was resumed immediately.”
“Generally, prices are stable because the flow of goods and services was resumed immediately,” the trade head said.
He also mentioned that the supply of goods is generally stable in typhoon-hit areas. Lopez added that inventory of groceries in these areas are usually for two to four days.
“There is price freeze in areas placed under state of calamity.”
He, likewise, reminded retailers and consumers that there is a price freeze in areas placed under a state of calamity. There should be no movement in the prices of basic commodities in areas where a price freeze is being imposed.
Meanwhile, Lopez said DTI is ready to provide livelihood kits for entrepreneurs that are affected by the typhoon.
Microfinancing facilities can also be availed by affected entrepreneurs, he added.