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DTI Caraga official warns public vs mislabeled school supplies

Butuan City (21 May) -- The Department of Trade and Industry in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region) has mobilized all its city and provincial field personnel to closely watch school suppliers in their areas who may take advantage of the coming opening of the new school year by jacking up their prices.

At the same time, the DTI warned parents on Friday to be more meticulous in examining the labels or brands of the school supplies and other materials they are buying to assure quality and durability.

"Our parents must be watchful to ensure and assure quality, safe use and to get the best value for their money," said Region XIII Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran.

The region?s DTI chief also advised parents not to rush into buying fake or imitation products that are cheap.

"Our parents must know the product and address of the manufacturer, country of manufacture, net quantity and toxicity warning, if applicable," Pagaran said.

"Those found not conforming to the minimum labeling requirements will face administrative or even criminal charges which include a maximum fine of P300,000 per violation," he added.

Under the Consumer Act of the Philippines, manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers are liable to consumers for injuries caused by defective and unsafe products as well as for the insufficient or inadequate information on the use of certain products and the hazards they pose.

The DTI-Caraga regional office has already activated its provincial and city task forces to check various malls and school supplies stores. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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