DTI-PDI conducted a special price monitoring on January 8, 2017, a day after the landfall of Tropical Depression (TD) Auring in the Province of Dinagat Islands where the province was among those placed under Public Storm Signal No. 1.
The monitoring activity is in line with the agency’s mandate of ensuring the supply of basic necessities and prime commodities in calamity/disaster affected areas as well as ensuring stable price levels during such events.
Aside from monitoring, and when the situation warrants it, a Diskwento Caravan may also be conducted by DTI where basic necessities and prime commodities are made available to affected areas at discounted prices.
As per DTI assessment, the prices and supply of basic necessities and prime commodities were fairly stable before and after the occurence of TD Auring. Sea transports to and from the province were also able to resume their respective schedules immediately after the inclement weather has passed.
Price monitoring and Diskwento Caravan is DTI’s way of contributing to multi-agency efforts on relief and recovery after every calamity/disaster.