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2nd "Diskwento" caravan rolls out

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (15 August) -- After the launching of the government's "Diskwento: Presyong Pang-Empleyado" project last August 1, the second leg of Diskwento caravan will be held today in Manila.

The "Diskwento: Presyong Panalo Para Sa Mamimiling Pilipino" is a government-sponsored flea market where manufacturers sell basic consumer and pharmaceutical products at prices lower than those sold in commercial establishments, Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque said.

Held today at Lawton's Park & Ride along Basa corner P. Burgos St., Ermita, Manila, Roque explained that Diskwento is a component of the non-wage benefit program aimed at easing the financial burden of low-income earning Filipinos.

He added that it mobilizes retail outlets to sell basic food and non-food consumer items at lower prices in highly accessible areas.

Roque said that Diskwento project is part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's granting of non-wage benefits to employees and their families as income extenders.

Capiceņo workers earlier expressed excitement that said program of the national government will reach the province.

Capiz DOLE Provincial head Ricardo Monegro said that with more than 3,000 workers employed in private establishments here and with the granting of discount on worker's basic commodities, they would be able to cope with the present economic burden.

Meanwhile, Roque said that the project is jointly spearheaded by DOLE, through the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), and the Department of Trade and industry (DTI).

He added that 21 firms so far have confirmed their participation in the caravan today and agreed to give at least 20 percent discount on selected products as a way of helping minimum wage earners and consumers save or increase their capacity to buy more products.

In today's caravan, workers can buy toiletries, processed meat products, canned goods, rice, bread, medicines, personal care products and a lot more, Roque said, adding that the Department of Agriculture will also bring in fresh vegetables from Calabarzon while the Bureau of Plant and Industry will give away free seedlings.

Accordingly, each individual can buy up to P1,500.00 worth of grocery items and pharmaceutical products, Roque said. (PIA) [top]

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