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DTI analyzing to raise surgical face mask retail price from P8 to P12 per piece in the Philippines

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is now studying to allow the proposed retail price (SRP) of face masks to rise because of the rising price of its raw materials.

SRP plays P1 to P8 per piece of ordinary surgical mask, but according to Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo it can be raised up to to P12.

"Sigurado, P12 lang ang presyo dapat noon dahil 'yon po ang inayos na maging presyo sa retail," accoring to Castelo.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez first explained that raw material prices for face masks have increased due to widespread demand around the world due to the novel coronavirus.

Castelo said they will first discuss this issue with the Department of Health. DTI also calls for wearing a face mask only when flu-like symptoms or when working as a health worker.


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