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PIA Press Release
2010/05/21

ISU hosts research and dev't national forum

by MG Edale, Jr

Cauayan City, Isabela (21 May) -- The Isabela State Univesity (ISABELA) hosted today a national forum on research and development forum aimed at providing a venue for sharing and discussing Research, Development and Extension results and approaches for one and best practices and success stories on the other in relation to instruction, research and development including resource generation.

ISU President Romeo R. Quilang in his opening message said the speeding need for relevant instruction, research and development and extension in the countryside provides the platform for the ISU to strive for the furtherance of knowledge generation, utilization coupled with quality education.

The symposium includes the presentation of quality researches and encouragement is given to multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary results along education development and management.

Before the symposium there was conducted ribbon-cutting and opening of exhibit or trade fair at the lobby of The Legacy Hotel where the symposium was conducted.

At least eleven state colleges and universities all over Luzon and the Visayas are joining the symposium slated May 20-21, 2010.

Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Dr. William C. Medrano talked diligently on re-orienting university-based R & D toards systematic and pusposive utilization of research outputs for economic development.

DTI Regional Director Atty. Esperanza Bańarez shared to the plenary the China-Association of South Eeast Asian Nations - Free Trade Agreements (China-ASEAN FTA) from the time China made interest in joining the 10 ASEAN countries in free trade agreements. (PIA- Isabela)

Prices of school supplies in Nueva Vizcaya remain low, says DTI

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (21 May) -- The prices of school supplies in the province remain at a low rate despite the enrollment rush in Metro Manila, according to officials of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here.

"We have a case to case basis scenario when it comes to the claim of the Department of Education (DepED) in Metro Manila," said Lucy Guerrero, DTI senior trade and industry development officer here citing their monitoring of business establishments in the towns of Solano, Bambang, Sta. Fe, Quezon and Kasibu in May 18.

She said the province still has low prices of school supplies because of the existing old stocks which is being sold by business establishments.

Guerrero also advised parents not to be swayed by the enrollment rush in Metro Manila inorder to stabilize the prices of school supplies in the provinces.

"It's a simple effect of the law of supply and demand. If we will have panic buying, definitely prices will be raised by dealers," she stressed.

She added that the best period to buy school supplies is after the enrollment inorder to prevent dealers from jacking-up their prices in no time. "Let us not purchase so much early so as not to trigger the increase of prices in the provinces," she added.

Guerrero however said that they will continue their monitoring activities to prevent the untimely increase of school supplies in the local market that would affect household budgets of families in the countryside.

She added that the DepEd's claim that prices of school supplies in supermarkets are lower than in Divisoria in Metro Manila was a mere product of the law of supply and demand such that the supermarkets might have lowered their prices to equally compete with Divisoria which has been known for its cheapest products. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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