Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said the agency will promote manufactured noche buena items that did not increase their prices.
In a Palace briefing yesterday, Lopez said among the noche buena goods that keep prices this year include ham, queso de bola, fruit cocktail, pasta, and spaghetti sauce.
He said more than half of the items in the list of basic necessities did not implement upward price adjustments.
“Those that will not increase their prices, they are lucky. The government will promote their products,” Lopez said in Filipino.
Earlier, the DTI called on manufacturers of noche buena items not to raise prices this year as the country is celebrating the Christmas season again during a pandemic.
“And those that increased their prices, the increments are within 3 percent only,” Lopez said in mixed English and Filipino.
The DTI last year convinced manufacturers to maintain the 2019 prices for noche buena products.*PNA