DTI slates Diskwento Caravan in ravaged areas


The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will bring its Diskwento Caravan to areas devastated by Super Typhoon Rolly.

During the recent cabinet meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said their agency will hold Diskwento Caravan in two to three local government units (LGUs) this week for consumers in areas affected by “Rolly” to avail of basic and prime commodities at discounted price.

Lopez said DTI, is partnership with the Department of Agriculture also plans to have the Bagsakan Centers in areas where Diskwento Caravan will be held. “Generally, prices are stable because the flow of goods and services was resumed immediately,” he said.

The DTI chief also reported that supply of goods is generally stable in typhoon-hit areas, noting that the  inventory of groceries in these areas are usually for two to four days.

Lopez also reminded retailers and consumers there is a price freeze in areas placed under state of calamity. He said the DTI is also ready to provide livelihood kits for entrepreneurs that were affected by the typhoon, and microfinancing facilities can also be availed by affected entrepreneurs.

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