He said the DTI is mandated to make these information available to the public to avoid possible abuses from business establishments or other entities that are implementing them.
Guiamadel said consumers who want to make an online inquiry may log on to the DTI Region 12’s consumer welfare website at www.consumer12.net and enter the sales promo window.
The sales promo window features a list of approved sales promotions and the details of permits issued to them, he said.
Guiamadel said the list covers permits issued in the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong and General Santos and the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and South Cotabato.
Through the DTI's e-text program, which utilizes the mobile phone's short messaging service (SMS) technology, he said consumers can also make an inquiry if a sales promo has passed the DTI’s evaluation.
He said Globe and Touch Mobile subscribers will just have to send a text message to 2806 with the following format: DTI<space>REPORT<space>SP<space><MESSAGE>.
“A concerned consumer may also report to DTI through text messaging about bogus sales gimmicks, especially the establishments that advertise sales gimmick without valid sales promo permits,” Guiamadel added.