According to Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in an interview with Unang Hirit, the agency has come up with a suggested retail price (SRP) for face shields. It will be up for the approval of Secretary Francisco Duque III before it will be transmitted to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
In an article by GMA, Vergeire did not reveal the exact SRP but made a remark that it will not be higher than Php 50. It may be recalled that DTI asked DOH to impose an SRP for face shields as it will be required when using public transportation.
“Huwag kayong mag-alala [kasi] we made sure na hindi tataas ang presyo dahil based dun sa material na sinabi sa atin at mabibili ng ating mga kababayan nang hindi sila mahihirapan,” states DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
Vergeire adds that the recommended SRP is based on a ‘small survey’ conducted by DOH, in coordination with experts on the materials used in manufacturing face shields. Read more: Face shield ‘not higher than P50’, an article by GMA News.
“Nagpagawa kami ng small survey across the different markets of face shields dito sa ating bansa, pero bago namin ginawa ‘yan nakipag-usap kami sa ekperto kung ano bang klaseng material ang kailangan ng face sheild para maprotektahan ang ating mga consumers, ‘yung mga kababayan natin,” says Vergeire.
“Meron namang napag-agreehan at sinabi rin nung experts na ito yung material na kailangan, so with that material we were able to do a survey so nakapag-rekomenda na kami kahapon, sa ating Secretary of Health, kung magkano ang SRP na ilalagay natin diyan,” she adds.