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DTI asks DOH to impose standard retail price for face shields, says DIY cheaper option

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Monday said it has asked the Department of Health (DOH) to impose a suggested retail price (SRP) for face shields amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, the department has already gotten in touch with the DOH for a possible SRP on face shields, in line with the mandatory use in public transportation.

"We have asked DOH to set SEP for face shields, since such product is under them. But DTI teams going after profiteers and hoarders," he said in a mobile message.

Prices of face shields have started to go up, with wholesale prices now at P40 a piece from P18 previously. Retail prices have also gone as high as P50.

This is ahead of the mandatory use of face shields in public transportation, in combination with face masks, effective August 15, 2020.

Lopez noted, however, that the public can also make their own face shields as an alternative.

"The public also has much cheaper options through DIY or do-it-yourself option," he said.

The Philippines on Sunday, August 9, reported 3,109 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total confirmed cases to 129,313. This includes 67,673 recoveries and 2,270 deaths. — BM, GMA News