MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry did the rounds of bus terminals in Pasay and Paranaque and some supermarkets to check if the prices of commonly purchased products are within the standard retail price (SRP) or at reasonable levels.
The DTI focused on checking the price of bottled water.
A convenience store inside a bus terminal sold bottled water at P2 to P5 higher than the SRP, but Trade Undersecretary Vic Dimagiba said the price is still acceptable.
"There's a tolerance of 10 percent (increase) for convenience stores or stores opened for 24 hours" he said.
Kiosks selling goods inside Southwest Interim Terminal in Paranaque City were also found to be compliant with SRP.
Bottled water sold in these stalls were even P1 to P2 lower than the SRP. Ambulant vendors selling bottled water inside buses follow the price set by the kiosks - P10 pesos for 350ml and P15 for 500ml.
Dimagiba reminded the consumers to be wary of the bottled water they buy from ambulant vendors and stalls.
"Kapag mas mataas ng limang piso o kaya doble pa. E garapalan na yan," he said.