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DTI Davao continues to monitor school supplies, focuses on quality and SRPs

Davao City (2 June) -- THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 reiterates that school supplies must be sold not higher than the set suggested retail prices (SRPs).

With its mandate to continuously protect consumers from unscrupulous business practices, the department issues SRPs prior to the start of classes. This year's school supplies SRPs are of the same level of the 2009 SRPs.

Trade Secretary Jesli A. Lapus stressed that prices of school supplies should remain at 2009 levels because the increase in the world prices of pulp, the raw material for paper production, should be felt only in the second semester and not at the start of the school year.

Meanwhile, DTI 11 Regional Director Marizon S. Loreto said that through the issuance of SRPs, the department can further protect the consumers.

"Aside from checking on the quality of school supplies being sold, we are also basing our monitoring of school supplies on the SRPs to ensure that there's no profiteering," she said.

Based on the price monitoring report of DTI-Davao City Field Office, prices of some school supplies in the city are even lower than the set SRPs.

Mongol pencil, for instance, is only sold at P5.00 per piece, lower than its SRP of P5.50 per piece.

Loreto said that in buying school supplies, consumers must check on the labels. For notebooks and pad papers, they must look for the number of leaves, type, size, and grammage of paper, brand name or trade mark, name and address of manufacturer or importer, and country of origin. For crayons, one must check on the brand name or trade mark, number of crayons in each box (8, 16, 24, etc.), name and address of manufacturer or distributor, country of origin, and the words "non toxic" which shows that the product was tested and passed the allowed toxicity level set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For pencils, the brand name or trademark, hardness symbol (1, 2, or 3), and country of origin must all be specified.

All provincial offices of DTI will be monitoring school supplies until classes start. Posters on the said SRPs have also been placed at business establishments like bookstores, supermarkets, department stores, and wet markets to guide sellers and consumers. (dti11/jmm) [top]

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