DTI implements On Line Price Monitoring System

Rosales, Pangasinan- Price updates of basic and prime commodities are just a click away from your computer and gadgets as DTI Region 1 will soon be implementing the E-Presyo, an Online Price Monitoring System.

Earlier launched at the Central Office, the E-Presyo is part of the “Gabay when you buy” stratagem of the agency to ensure that consumers get the “best value” for their money when they buy basic goods and prime commodities.

“As long as our consumers have internet connections, whether using computer or mobile phones, they can see the current prices of the basic goods and commodities being monitored by DTI,” Atty. Rolando Lay-at, Chief of Consumer Protection Division, DTI Regional Office said.

Through the E-Presyo, the prices of basic and prime commodities being sold at major markets and groceries located at different key areas in the four provinces of the region  can now be checked in the internet  to see the establishments that offer the lowest prices; thereby, giving the consumers choices on managing their budget wisely.

Basic goods and commodities included in the E-Presyo monitoring are bottled water, canned goods (corned beef, beef and meat loaf, sardines), bread, instant noodles, coffee and some construction materials.

E-Presyo can be accessed through a mobile application that is already available for download at Google Playstore for Android users. Its IOS-compatible application will soon follow. For computer and laptop internet access, consumers may log on to www.e-presyo.dti.gov.ph (E-Presyo.

DTI Region 1 encourages the consumers to report any overpricing or unscrupulous activities they might encounter. An establishment that sells overpriced goods (increase of more than 10% of the actual SRP) may be charged with profiteering if proven guilty.

Meanwhile, to ensure the efficient implementation of the program, all the Consumer Protection Division staff from the region underwent a two-day training on OPMS at Rosales, Pangasinan recently.

Regional Director Florante O. Leal said that the E-Presyo Program of the DTI would contribute in the efficient and fast collection of data.

“We in DTI are here to enhance our capabilities and knowledge in performing our jobs. The challenge is to find ways to deliver more to our clients (consumers),” he added. (From the report of Joyce Segui, IO)