DTI to Bashers Criticizing P500 Noche Buena: “It’s a sincere effort”

DTI Defends P500 Simple Noche Buena after Criticize by Bashers

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has defended its P500 simple Noche Buena idea after being criticized by bashers.

DTI’s budgeting concept for the forthcoming Christmas season has been met with criticism on social media. Despite the fact that the price of some basic products continues to grow, the government organization declared that the given amount is adequate for Filipino households.

DTI Noche Buena Bashers

DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo appealed to the public for understanding, stating this is a “sincere endeavor” of the agency. According to Castelo, the department publishes a Noche Buena price guide each year to assist shoppers with their “product choices” for the Christmas season.

“Marami po talagang nagbatikos, na sana naiintindihan nila, sana hindi nila tinake as insulto or panloloko. Sana po hindi ganoon because it is a sincere effort on the part of DTI consumer protection na bigyan natin ng advice ang consumers, ang mga mamimili at kami rin po ang nakakakita sa ground dahil kami nga ang nagmo-monitor at nage-enforce. Alam namin ang nangyayari at alam natin kung gaano na hindi po lahat ng tao ay sagana,” Castelo said in an interview.

She stated that the manufacturers of Noche Buena items notify the DTI when they intend to raise the price of their product. Based on the report, Castelo said they have produced a price guide because they believe consumers would be pleased with the low prices during Noche Buena.

“Ang target po sana nating makaalam nito yung mga daily wage earner lang, yung nagtatrabaho para kumain tapos magtrabaho ulit the next day. ‘Yun po yung consumer tip sana na ibibigay natin para alam nila pwede pa rin silang mag-Noche Buena kahit sa maliit na halaga lang,” Castelo said.

“It was providing a cheaper alternative para sa consumers. Nagmagandang loob po kami, nagmagandang intention po kami para maturuan natin ito ang pwede nilang bilhin,” he added.

That’s it, Castelo said, adding that the price is still determined by the object purchased. The DTI previously stated that P500 is sufficient for a family of up to five people to prepare for Noche Buena.

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