The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Negros Occidental has monitored increases in the prices of several brands of basic and prime commodities but they are still within the suggested retail prices.
Romel Amihan, DTI Neg. Occ. Consumer Protection Unit head, said Friday, June 3, that they continue to monitor the prices of basic and prime commodities in Bacolod and other cities of Negros Occidental that are seen as key trading centers on a weekly basis, and in the towns on a monthly basis.
There were movements in the prices of some commodities on May 27 compared to May 20, but the increases have not hit 10 percent, he said.
DTI records show that the prices of several brands of sardines, coffee, laundry soap, and condensed, evaporated and powdered milk, have gone up.
The increase in the cost of raw materials, transportation and fuel are seen as among the reasons for the price hikes, Amihan said.
Amihan said consumers can save money if they download the DTI E-Presyo app that indicates the prices of basic and prime commodities of Bacolod retailers.*