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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DTI-9 ‘Mobile Diskwento Caravan’ kicks off in ZamPen

By Alma L. Tingcang

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay -  The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-9 is now conducting its Mobile Diskwento Caravan in the Zamboanga Peninsula region’s depressed areas, according to Regional Director Sitti Amina M. Jain.

The Mobile Diskwento Caravan, which runs from May 11-17, 2015, aims to reach out to the rural municipalities for them to have easier access to basic commodities at discounted prices. “We will cover rural municipalities identified by our provincial offices,” Jain said.

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, DTI-9 regional information officer said the activity would start in the coastal Barangay of Labuan, Zamboanga City on May 11, then to Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay on May 13, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on May 15 , and finally at Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur on May 17.

In Zamboanga Sibugay, the Diskwento Caravan will be held on May 13 at Siay Pubic Market. As in all other diskwento caravans of the agency, discounts start at 10%, according to Dir. Jain.

At least 10 participating establishments including Permex, LB Supermarket, and Century School Supplies, all from Zamboanga City have committed to join by consigning their products with DTI as it would be expensive on their part to travel for one week.

“The difference between the mobile diskwento caravan from the regular one is that the distributors will not be joining the DTI staff in going to the provinces. Instead, they will be consigning their products to the Department of Trade and Industry,” Jain explained.

Items that will be sold during the caravan include basic and prime commodities like noodles, canned sardines, milk among others, and school supplies just in time for the opening of classes.

“We are tying up with some partner agencies like Department of Agriculture for rice and other agricultural products like vegetables; TESDA for some services that can be provided during the caravan; and as well as our close coordination with the local government units,” Jain said.

Meanwhile, DTI Provincial Offices in the region are also scheduled to conduct the Balik Eskwela Diskwento Caravan before the opening of classes right after the Mobile Diskwento Caravan.