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DTI: No Change In SRP Of Noche Buena Products

DTI: No Change In SRP Of Noche Buena Products
Officials of the Department of Trade and Industry conduct price monitoring of noche buena items in a supermarket in Makati City on Nov. 26, 2020. Photo by KJ Rosales, The Philippine STAR

Suggested retail prices of the majority of Noche Buena products or those used for the Christmas Eve meal will remain the same as last year’s, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

In a statement on Friday, Nov. 26, the DTI said 110 shelf-keeping units have kept previous year’s prices while 20 others even reduced prices.

Based on the list provided by the DTI, a 500-gram ham is available from P158 to P204, while the one-kilogram ham is priced P345 to P1,120.

For the 165g cheese, price ranges from P49.50 to P81.30, while the 500g keso de bola’s price range is from P285 to P410.

For sandwich spreads, a 220ml jar is priced at P59.84 to P100.75, while a 470ml jar is P122.85 to P157. Meanwhile, a 470ml jar of mayonnaise ranges from P96.50 to P169.

The price range for the 400g pasta or spaghetti is P33.75 to P52.50, while the price for the 500g pack is at P54.50 to P72, and P59 to P80 for the 900-g pack.

For elbow or salad macaroni, the price ranges from P18.75 to P32.50 for the 200g pack, P31 to P59 for the 400g pack and P71.75 to P89.25 for the one-kilo pack.

The price range for 900g spaghetti sauce is P59.85 to P74, and P68.25 to P76.25 for the one-kilo pack. For tomato sauce, a one-kilo pack is priced from P62 to P63.50.

“The DTI thanks the manufacturers for heeding the call not to increase prices, demonstrating their sense of solidarity with our consumers this Christmas despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing this, we give wider choices of affordable Noche Buena products for the Filipino consumers,” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said.

“Our efforts to reopen safely the economy to bring back more jobs while keeping prices relatively stable will make the Christmas season merrier,” he added.

Earlier, Lopez said the DTI would promote Noche Buena items that would not increase prices and that they would publish the product’s brand, stock unit and size.

The DTI encourages consumers to make shopping lists before visiting the supermarket and reminded consumers to continue following health protocols like wearing face masks and observing physical distancing.

The department warned establishments that violate minimum health protocols may face temporary closure, adding that consumers can report health protocol violations to the agency and local government units.

DTI To Promote Noche Buena Goods Maintaining Prices