The Department of Trade and Industry will hold a 3-day Diskwento Caravan today and tomorrow at the Bacolod City Government Center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Maximo Ravena, DTI Consumers Welfare and Trade Division chief, yesterday said discounted school and office supplies, groceries, fresh and processed food, health and wellness products and other items, will be available at the canteen area behind the government center.
Ravena said the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will provide free massage while the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army will provide free haircut and back massage.
“We are inviting consumers of Bacolod City to come to the government center to avail of the products at discounted prices,” he said.
Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson said a parade participated in by the distributors, manufacturers and offices joining the activity will be held in the morning.
Executive assistant to the Mayor Ernie Pineda said the parade will start at the government center and pass the three major markets. It will end at the government center where a program will be held before the opening of the Diskwento Caravan, he said.
Pineda said that, aside from big grocery stores and distributors, they have also invited the Bacolod Producers, vendors and farmers through the City Agriculture Office, to sell their products during the 3-day activity.
Ravena said they have also requested the distributors if they could sell their products at 10 percent below the suggested retail price and some were amenable. There will be about 14 companies joining the Diskwento Caravan today, he said.
Meanwhile, Ravena said they have not received any advisory from their head office or the Department of Health this year concerning school supplies like crayons that have lead content.
He said they rely on the advice of the DTI head office since they can not determine if a product has lead content or not because that will need laboratory testing.*CGS