BAGUIO CITY, May (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Cordillera is strictly monitoring the prices of school supplies as the opening of classes nears.
Lawyer Sam Gallardo, DTI Legal Officer and chief of the Consumer and Welfare Protection Division, reported that based on latest monitoring, there is no price increase in school supplies. He said they will continue to monitor the prices of school materials in the coming weeks to ensure that no retailer would take advantage to unjustly raise prices.
The DTI has recently released the suggested retail price of school supplies, which is applicable to all retailers nationwide.
School supplies covered by Philippine National Standards are crayons, wood-cased black lead pencils, sharpeners, chalk, bond paper, notebooks, grade school pad, ruler, white board marker, correction fluid, paper clips, and glue.
Schools supplies that do not conform to existing quality standards and labeling requirements violate the Consumer Act.
Authorities are discouraging the public from patronizing school supplies with substandard quality due to health hazards to school children with the chemical ingredients that they may contain. They advise consumers to buy from big establishments where there is array of choices and quality products can be assured.
Gallardo said DTI cannot act on complaints on items bought from the sidewalk vendors. He urged buyers to have defective or substandard goods be refunded or replaced, or if needing minor repairs, they can have it fixed.
Consumers who have complaints on establishments that are overpricing or committing acts of conduct unbecoming are encouraged to visit the DTI office and file a formal complaint.
The Department of Education has scheduled the opening of classes in all public elementary and high schools on June 5, 2017. (JDP/JBZ -PIA CAR)