DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez inspects basic necessity items in a grocery in this undated photo provided by his office.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has released the most recent suggested retail price (SRP) list for all basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPCs) to help consumers and merchants in their purchase and sale of goods.

In the latest SRP list, 66% or 143 of the 216 Shelf Keeping Units (SKUs) kept their prices, while 34% or 73 SKUs requested price changes due to the rising cost of raw materials and packaging globally.

While the country recovers from the effects of COVID-19, the DTI ensured that price adjustments for the 73 SKUs were kept to a minimum to ensure that consumers continue to have access to reasonably priced goods on the market.

Latest Suggested Retail Prices of Basic Necessities and Prime Commodities (as of January 27, 2022)

The increase in prices of around 86% of the 73 SKUs ranged by 1%-9%, which is lower than the rate of cost movement. To illustrate, the cost of tamban, raw material for fish products, increased by 27%, while mechanically-deboned meat, the raw material for processed meat products, rose by 25% to 100%. In addition, tin cans used for canned products increased by 133%. Buttermilk powder, the raw material for processed milk, increased by 46%. Flour, the raw material for bread, increase by 40%.

It is also worth noting that the last price increase of some of the products such as bread, bottled water, candles, and salt was implemented 4 to 8 years ago and that the DTI delayed the adjustment of goods prices for two years before releasing the SRP in August 2021.

DTI-Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary, Atty. Ruth B. Castelo, assures the public that “all requests for adjustments were carefully reviewed to ensure that prices were reasonable. The DTI made sure that the price adjustments are justified. The increase in prices is only about half of the cost increases. Not allowing reasonable price adjustment despite cost increases will affect investment climate, business viability and ability to keep the jobs in their companies.”

The public may download a copy of the latest SRP of basic and prime goods via e-Presyo accessible on the DTI website.  Consumers are enjoined to report retailers, distributors, and manufacturers that sell basic necessities above their SRPs via One-DTI (1-384) Hotline or email, ConsumerCare@dti.gov.ph.

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