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DTI eases purchasing limit on food, other items


By Noreen Jazul

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has eased the purchasing limit on food, and non-food items which it imposed last March to prevent hoarding and panic buying.



In an interview with DZBB, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the department has removed the quantity restriction for all food items and non-food items such as bath soap, and toilet paper.

The DTI has also eased the limit on the number of alcohol, face masks, disinfecting liquids, and hand sanitizers which can be purchased per transaction.

For alcohol, disinfecting liquids, and hand sanitizers, the public can now buy five (5) 1 liter-bottles, and three (3) bottles exceeding 1 liter. Before, consumers can only buy two (2) bottles per item regardless of volume.

For face masks, consumers can now buy a box of 50, from the initial limit of five (5) pieces.

Meanwhile, Lopez said there had been no changes in the prices of basic necessities.

Last March, DTI imposed a “reasonable limit in the sale or purchase” of items such as instant noodles, canned sardines, milk, coffee, mineral water, loaf bread, bath soap, and toilet paper.

DTI issued Memorandum Circular 20-07 after it has observed that “customers have resorted to panic buying, and that retailers have allowed the happening of the same in retail stores.”

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Source: Manila Bulletin (

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