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PIA Press Release
2009/06/02

DTI Iligan bares specific labelling requirements on school supplies

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (2 June) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides necessary information that would guide consumers in purchasing school supplies of good quality.

Annabelle B. Encabo, chief, Business Regulatory Consumers Welfare Division, DTI Iligan City/Lanao del Norte Provincial Office said that Article 74 of the Consumer Act mandates all products to comply with specific labelling requirements that is to ensure safety, especially at this moment where children need to buy school supplies.

In buying notebooks and grade school pads - consumer should look into the labels the trade mark; name and address of manufacturer, importer or distributor; brand name if imported; number of pages; and type of paper (book, bond or newsprint).

For box of crayons, it shall have in the packaging the name of the product; trademark; number of pieces in the box (box of 8, 16, 24, etc.); name and address of manufacturer or distributor; marking the packaging with the words "non-toxic", indicating it has passed the allowed toxicity level set by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD); and brand name if imported.

Pencil shall have in its packaging registered brand name and trademark; hardness symbol (1,2,3); labels like "Made in the Philippines" or brand name of the product if imported.

Erasers shall not have lodged dirt marks when used.

Meanwhile, DTI provincial office has fielded five price monitors in different business establishments in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte to monitor the prices of basic and prime commodities, and compliance to Price Tag and other fair Trade Laws. Likewise, they checked prices of school supplies, too.

Generally, there is a decrease of prices of some school supplies compared to monitored prices in April 2009 except for Composition Notebooks and Intermediate Pads which posted an 18-25% increase in prices, said Encabo.

Encabo further said, the contracting of price monitors is part of DTI's contribution to the emergency employment program of the government under DTI-CLEEP (Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program). (PIA Lanao del Norte) [top]

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