Consumers reject price increases of staples
SANTO DOMINGO. Indignation and rejection have been produced among the Foundation for Consumers Rights (Fundecon) and the Housewives Association by the fact that starting on 1 January several staple products will be increased in price.
When they were consulted regarding the increase of the Tax on the Transfer of Goods and Services (ITBIS), from 11% to 13% by virtue of the tax reform of 2012 that will affect the prices of sugar, coffee, chocolate, oil, butter and yogurt, Alfonsina Cuesta, the executive director of Fundecon, and Ana Bertilia Cabrera, of the Housewives, coincided in pointing out that the measure is a blow to the poor.
“In all parts of the world the people with the most pay the most taxes, except in this country. We are indignant that precisely the administration of Danilo Medina, who is said person with 10,000 pesos cannot live with dignity….. So what is going to happen in January?”, asked Cuesta.
At the same time Cabrera said that this is affecting even more the quality of life of Dominicans without any solutions from the authorities. “We are dealing with inconsiderate authorities and their treatment of the poor,” she said.
Both entities reported that they will hold meetings, with the purpose of determining the actions that they are going to begin in order to reject the measure to be applied starting on 1 January 2015.
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