Consumers, even those living in far-flung barangays, can still avail of reasonably-priced basic necessities and prime commodities during the pandemic through the Presyo Diskwento Caravan (PDC) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Davao Region.
DTI has also partnered with the Kadiwa Rolling Store of the Department of Agriculture (DA) XI and the local government units (LGUs) to offer more basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPCs) and agricultural products in each area they visit.
Among the products available at the PDC are canned goods, such as sardines and corned beef, powdered milk, coffee, noodles, and condiments. DA XI has also made fruits, vegetables, and other fresh produce available.
“With the crisis that we have been facing for more than a year now, the PDC is one of the many ways we are looking at to bolster the confidence of consumers that we have a stable supply of BNPCs in the region, particularly during a community quarantine,” DTI XI Regional Director Maria Belenda Ambi said in a news release.
Ambi said that with DTI’s twin mandate, they do not focus on business development alone since they are also keen on empowering and protecting consumers. The second responsibility, she explained, encompasses various initiatives and interventions for the benefit of the general public.
“All of us are consumers; therefore, everyone is DTI’s client when it comes to consumer empowerment and protection,”
Ambi said that with the Presyo Diskwento Caravan program the agency is able to serve more consumers, especially those who have difficulty accessing their needs due to economic or proximity-related reasons.
“But with the PDC, we get to bring closer to them different BNPCs and agricultural produce at lower prices,” she added.
The program has already benefitted a total of 419 households in Davao City and Davao del Norte from January this year.
The 42 retailers and manufacturers generated an aggregate sales of P217,806.75 during the two different caravans, making it a venue for them to earn while extending a hand to the consumers by offering discounts.
Ambi emphasized that the minimum public health standards, particularly the wearing of masks and face shields, sanitation, and keeping the social distancing, were strictly imposed and followed during the PDCs.
“Our utmost gratitude to the LGUs who really helped us in ensuring that the PDCs we conducted were orderly. We also appreciate DA 11’s support as we were able to offer more products because of them,” Ambi said.
The agency is set to hold at least two more PDCs until the end of 2021.