FOR A COVID-FREE CHRISTMAS, DTI SUGGESTS TO BUY NOCHE BUENA EARLY
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to avoid the rush, the Department of Trade and Industry has a piece of advice this Christmas season, buy your Noche Buena feast early.
DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo suggested that Filipinos should start buying Noche Buena items less than a month before Christmas.
She said, “Kung kaya na nila, bumili na sila kahit pakonti-konti habang kaunti pa lang ang tao sa supermarket. Hindi nila kailangang magsiksikan at siyempre ma-avoid nila ‘yung transmission ng virus.”
Castelo gave warnings on traders to follow the prevailing price freeze on essential goods following massive floods in Luzon. Violators could face up to a P1 million fine plus imprisonment.
Earlier, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the agency would implement a department circular to remind Filipinos to continue observing minimum public health standards during the holiday season.
Under the said circular, the followings activities are discouraged such as caroling, shopping in crowded markets and shopping centers, indoor gathering with large crowds, riding in stuffed public transportation vehicles, and others that involve physical contact.
Duque has called on other government agencies and local government units to implement the circular.