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DTI monitors prices of school supplies

by Joseph B Zambrano

Baguio City (29 May) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is strictly monitoring the prices of school supplies with the opening of classes barely two weeks away or on June 15.

DTI Provincial Director Freda M. Gawisan said that there is no price increase as per their latest monitoring.

'We will continue to monitor the prices of school materials in the following weeks to ensure that no retailer would take advantage of the season to unjustly raise their prices', Gawisan said.

According to Gawisan, DTI has a list school supplies with Suggested Retail Price (SRP) which is their guide in their monitoring. It is also of utmost importance that the quality and safety of school supplies be checked to assure consumers of safe and quality products in the market, she added.

School supplies covered by Philippine National Standards (PNS) are crayons, wood-cased black lead pencils, and pencil sharpeners, writing chalk, bond paper, notebooks, grade school pad, ruler, white board marker, correction fluid, paper clips and glue.

She said that non-conformance to existing quality standards and labeling requirements is a violation under the Consumer Act.

Gawisan is recommending to the consumers to buy from big establishments to be assured of good quality products and have array of choices. She added that with big establishments if there are defective or sub standard goods, customers can easily have it replaced or have refund and if there are minor repairs they can have it fixed.

Customers can also avail of "Balik Eskwela" promos. Buying by the dozens is cheaper, a customer can save by taking advantage of the discount.

Our monitoring shows the prices of school supplies have gone down because of promotional activities in stores, Gawisan bared.

Consumers who are buying in the "bangketa" to be watchful of the school items they buy because these maybe counterfeit products like fake pencils of known brands, advised Gawisan.

Gawisan is encouraging the public to file with DTI complaints on establishment who are overpricing or committing acts of conduct unbecoming to customers. (PIA) [top]

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