The suggested retail price (SRP) for candles is not expected to increase, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province said Wednesday.

DTI specialist Welson Paz also said that based on their monitoring, most establishments selling them are compliant with what was released by their office in September.

“Nag-monitor noong Friday sa city pero pinapa-monitor na rin sa munisipyo. Nilagay lang natin ‘yong mga produkto na meron doon sa tindahan. Nakita natin sa isang tindahan at least meron silang dalawang magkaibang brand. Na-compare din natin ito sa 2018 na monitoring, tingin natin walang pagbabago,” he said.

In 2018, DTI Palawan said it had monitored five establishments and checked 19 items with five different brands. This year, he said they monitored seven establishments and checked 28 items with seven various brands.

Paz said a pack of 20 pieces of Olympia candle #3 has retained its P32.25 price.

Paz said that the candle items checked under seven establishments are all within the SRP.

DTI will schedule another monitoring to see if there will be movement on the prices from their last monitoring.

Paz said that DTI will also monitor compliance with the SRP for bottled water which reportedly increased in 2018 during the same season.

“Mayroong complaint last year regarding doon, ang sabi ay mataas ang presyo, ‘yong mga nasa sementeryo na tindahan. Nag-compare kasi sila doon sa supermarket, pinasilip natin ‘yan,” he said.

Paz said that the report in 2018 was regarding the 500 ml bottled water that costs P10 but was sold at P15. which is amounting to P10 but it was sold to P15.

Doon sa ating mga negosyante, sa mga nagtitinda sa ating mga sementeryo, ‘wag natin samantalahin ‘yong pagkakataon magtaas ng presyo. Alam natin na napakahirap kitain ang pera pero magbenta lang tayo within sa selling price. Hindi naman ipinagbabawal magtubo, huwag lang ganoon kalaki,” he said.

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