Trade chief says its cheaper to buy in supermarket
Supermarket vs. wet markets?
In his latest interview, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that most of the times, it is cheaper to buy in the supermarkets than in wet markets or palengke.
He said this as the government moves closer to setting up Suggested Retail Price (SRP) on certain food items like rice and vegetables.
Imposition of SRPs is just one of the measures being pushed for by both the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to address the rising cost of food commodities in the country, partly due to the new tax regime.
“At some point in time may nire-recommend na nga ako, kung hindi nag-increase iyong prices sa mga grocery supermarkets, then let’s just by sa groceries and supermarkets, kasi makakasiguro kayo, iyong presyo ng SRP doon, sinusunod, in fact, lower pa than SRP,” Lopez said.
“I went to Cebu the other day lang and Davao a few weeks ago. I went to a grocery at doon nakita ko, in fact, iyong lata ng gatas even 4 pesos lower than the SRP. Bakit kasi tinanong ko, and all their products there, in that grocery, babanggitin ko na, it’s Victoria Grocery in Davao, lahat mura ng 2 pesos to 4 pesos. So tinanong ko rin iyong may-ari, hindi ako sa nagrereklamo, sabi ko, pero bakit mura ang presyo sa inyo. Sabi niya, gusto po namin makilala na mura dito sa amin,” he added.
According to him, it’s not just the major supermarkets who are capable of bringing down the price of their goods.
He said that during their random price monitoring in Cebu, they found out some mini groceries who are selling their items at a lower price.