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'Kapihan' high lights talks on prices of holiday goods

NAGA City --- The Camarines Sur provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) discussed important reminders to conduct safe and secure activities this holiday, during the last leg of Kapihan sa PIA, December 1 at the Summit Hotel Naga.

This December Kapihan, conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Camarines Sur, aimed to educate the public on wise shopping, as well as fire safety, before Christmas and New Year festivities come.

“Since we are now recovering from the pandemic, the DTI makes a reasonable and thorough study on price adjustments of basic commodities this season, but we are working hard to strike a balance between the consumers and the business sector,” DTI Cam Sur Provincial Director Jay Percival Ablan said.

On the part of the consumers, Ablan said that DTI has to ensure that the value for money they spent for the holiday will be worth it, that is why there is a list of suggested retail price. For the business sectors, DTI makes sure that they will gain due profit that they deserve.

BFP Cam Sur Public Information Officer SFO1 Gershon Aspe, DTI Cam Sur PD Jay Percival Ablan and Summit Hotel Naga Manager Stephen Jason Añonuevo served as the speakers at the Kapihan sa PIA on December 1, 2022 at Summit Hotel Naga. The Kapihan aimed to educate public on safe and secure conduct holiday activities. (Photos by Jam Madrid)

“In average there is about one to 12 percent increase of Noche Buena products in two years this pandemic. There are also new brands coming up every year so more choices will be given to consumers that may fit their budget,” Ablan added.

On the other hand, SFO2 Gershon Aspe, the BFP Cam Sur public information officer said that the bureau would conduct intensive fire protection activities such as barangay coordination, and the fire track visibility in communities from December 1 to 20.

“The BFP will be on high alert few days before Christmas and New Year, and highly strict monitoring on firecrackers, in collaboration with task forces of the local government units. These efforts are to be installed so that there will be zero cases of fire in Camarines Sur,” Aspe said.

Meanwhile, Summit Hotel Naga Manager Stephen Jason Añonuevo shared during Kapihan various holiday packages, banquets and goodies both for couples and families including pets.

To be able to see these Liwanag at Regalo holiday promos, Añonuevo said the list is available over their official Facebook page Summit Hotels and Resorts or at

Furthermore, Ablan advised the public to make a list of products to buy, and look for its suggested retail price from the DTI E-presyo mobile app. He urged them to support and buy local products to help local entrepreneurs. (PIA5/Camarines Sur)


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