No problems with bottled water prices in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:46

In light of the alleged high pricing of a bottled water brand being sold in NAIA and other strategic areas in the National Capital Region found by the Department of Trade Industry-Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau, DTI-Zamboanga City said the city is spared from the said issue.

Ceferino Rubio, chief of the Consumer Protection Division said, “That’s not true in Zamboanga. We are not affected by the said issue in Manila”.

DTI-FTEB, in a report dated October 27 and 30, found that Nature’s Spring Drinking Water, one of the four most common brands of bottled water in the market was found to be sold P3.10 to P20.10 higher than the suggested retail price. Comparative pricing released by DTI show that Absolute, Summit, and Viva, the three main competitors of Nature’s Spring are selling their product only P2.00 to P13.00 higher than the SRP.

“In our case, we have not sighted anyone violating or selling beyond the suggested retail price of bottled water here”, Rubio said.

Rubio explained that the bottled water is now included in the list of the basic commodities as stipulated in Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act.

“As per Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, there is an SRP for bottled water. If we find anyone violating this, then we will have them explain why we should not file against them”, Rubio said.

Rubio also pointed to the burgeoning water refilling stations in the city as reason for bottled water manufacturers to temper their prices.

“In view of the presence and operations of various purified drinking water outlets in the city, bottled water prices remain stable. Virtually all the barangays in the city have refilling stations”, he rationalized. — MVC/DTI-9