By Marisol Bo-oc | 04:58 PM August 14, 2020
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 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.
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 in an interview on GMA Network’s Unang Hirit on Thursday.
“There is also imprisonment of five to 15 years for profiteering,” she added.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday signed Department Order No. 0345, which imposed the suggested retail price of face shield. However, the order only covered the non-medical grade face shields.
Non-medical grade face shield is described as 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 and 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, August 15, wearing of face shields is mandatory in public transportation and workplaces.