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DTI 2 conducts price monitoring on school supplies

by Thelma C. Bicarme

Tuguegarao City (21 May) -- The Department of Trade and Industry is set to monitor the prices of school supplies to ensure that there will be no overpricing and excessive profiteering as the school year 2010-2011 begins.

Lourdito Antonio of DTI said they have already downloaded the Suggested Retail Prices (SRP) of school supplies issued by the DTI Central office and these will be displayed in all retail outlets in the region.

Antonio said that they have been conducting regular monitoring of prices of prime commodities and based on their latest monitoring, prices of school supplies such as pad papers, notebooks, pencils, crayons, ballpens and school uniforms have remained at 2009 level.

Based on the Suggested Retail Price of school supplies posted in the DTI website, prices of notebooks with 80 leaves ranged from P9.50 to P18.75; grades 1-4 pad paper (80 leaves), P9 to P22; intermediate pad paper, P15 to P24; pencil, P3.70 to P15.75; crayon, P9 to P96.

Aside from buying affordable products, the DTI advised the consumers to consider the label, type of paper (book, bond or newsprint), size, grammage of paper and brand name when buying notebooks and pad papers.

In buying crayons, the consumers should look for the brand name, trademark, number of crayons (8,10, 24, etc.), name and address of manufactures and the allowed toxicity level.

The maximum allowed toxicity levels (microgram per gram) are as follows: Lead -- 90; Chromium Hexavalent -- 60; Cadmium -- 50; and Arsenic -- 25. Each crayon should me marked specifying its color, brand or trade name, name of manufacturer, and country of origin (if imported).

Crayon box must have the following markings: name of product; trademark; quantity, manufacturer's name and address; the words "non-toxic"; and country where it was manufactured.

In the case of wood-cased black lead pencils with hardness of 6H to 9B, PNS 1413:1996 requires that wood casing must be free from defects, made of softwood, and easy to sharpen, Lead must be secured and not easily broken, and eraser must not be abrasive and provide clean erasures. (PIA 2) [top]

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