Duty Free Philippines Corporation adds homegrown brands to online shopping website

TO help increase the income of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and local farmers, Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) recently added homegrown brands to its online shopping website.

Three months after the online shopping website was launched, customers can choose from over 150 products, from perfumes and cosmetics, liquor, toys, confectionaries and now export-quality Filipino brands.

“For three decades, Duty Free Philippines is known to be the haven of luxury and imported goods. That is still true but we want to also emphasize the importance of enabling our local entrepreneur,” said DFPC Chief Operating (COO) Officer Vincente Pelagio A. Angala.

Some of the local products available at www.dutyfreephilippines.ph are Just Fruit manufactured in Metro Manila; Kick-start Coffee of Silang, Cavite; Malagos Chocalates of Davao; Risa Chocolates of Las Piñas City; Tanay Hills Coffee of Rizal; and VuQo Premium vodka of Caloocan City.

Angala added that all 54 local brands available at all Duty free stores will be available online before the end of the year.

To shop online, customers need to provide their flight details. Items will be prepared and customers could pick them up at the airport.

Each passenger is allowed to buy up to US$1,000 worth of items 48 hours upon arrival.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and balikbayans can shop up to 15 days from date of arrival. The shopping privilege is further extended to 30 days during the Christmas season (arrival from November 15 to January 15).

Senior Citizens and Person With Disabilities (PWD) has an extended privilege up to 365 days from the date of arrival.

Under the Tourism Act of 2009, 50 percent of the revenue of Duty Free Philippines is remitted to the Department of Tourism (DoT) for tourism-development projects.