DTI holds Calamity Diskwento Caravan for Guihulngan earthquake victims

February 10, 2012 11:00 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 10 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be holding a Calamity Diskwento Caravan at the National Food Authority compound in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental beginning Saturday in the wake of the devastation wrought by Monday’s magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck the province and other parts of the Visayas.

The move comes after it was learned that despite the DTI’s urging store owners in Guihulngan City to open shop and sell basic consumer goods to the public, said Angeline Gonzalez of the provincial DTI office based in Dumaguete City.

According to Gonzalez, store owners in Guihulngan City have refused to open their business establishments due to damaged stores or fear, phobia and trauma from the earthquake that has left Guihulngan in an unprecedented sorry state.

Guihulngan City is suffering from power blackout, lack of food and water, and medicines. It incurred the heaviest damage among areas in Negros Oriental with residential and business establishments, roads, bridges and ports partially or totally damaged.

The DTI has invited selected distributors to sell directly to the consumers at distributor’s price.

Participating distributors in the caravan are Virginia, Sebastian Marketing, Inc., Dumaguete Prompt Enterprises and Consuelo.

Island Merchants and Nature’s Spring will also be joining the caravan.

Items to be sold at distributor’s price include canned goods like meat loaf and beef loaf, coffee strips, cooking oil, macaroni pasta, detergent powder and bar, beauty soap, baby diapers, biscuits, cereals, noodles, sardines and batteries, among others. (PNA) LAP/JFP

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