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Sellers ignoring SRP for basic face shields can be fined up to P2 million —DTI

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Thursday said that sellers who will ignore the P26 to P50 suggested retail price (SRP) for non-medical grade face shields could be fined up to P2 million.

Interviewed on GMA Network’s Unang Hirit, Undersecretary Ruth Castelo said the DTI already disseminated the information on the SRP to different platforms.

“Ang penalty doon — this is covered kasi by the Price Act dahil declared ng DOH (Department of Health) na basic commodity siya or essential good — P2 million ang maximum, P5,000 minimum,” Castelo said.

“There is also imprisonment of five to 15 years for profiteering,” she added.

Signed by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday, Department Order No. 0345, which imposes the SRP, only covers non-medical grade face shields.

Non-medical grade face shield is described with the following specifications:

  • clear plastic or acetate material providing good visibility and fog resistance
  • with adjustable band to attach firmly around the head and fit snuggly against the forehead
  • covering  the full face
  • made of robust material that can be easily cleaned and disinfected, disposable or reusable.

Castelo said the basic shields are with garter, foam, acetate sheet, and frame.

However, she noted that heavy duty face shields made of other materials like acrylic cover and rubber strap can be sold at P500, higher than the SRP for basic ones.

She added that locally-produced face shields with sturdier frame and thicker acetate sheet, and those in three pieces per package, can also be sold at higher prices.

Starting on Saturday, and as a precaution against COVID-19, wearing of face shields is mandatory in public transportation and workplaces. —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA News