THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is urging parents and students in Negros Occidental to be wiser in buying school items to avoid incurring heavy expenses and overspending.
Reginald Hudierez, trade and industry development specialist of DTI- Negros Occidental, said on Friday that two weeks before the opening of classes, the influx of buyers continues in department stores and other commercial establishments selling school supplies.
Hudierez said that parents and students are advised to bring a list to avoid purchases of unnecessary items.
Before buying, it is also ideal that buyers canvass prices in different establishments, other than malls, to avail of discounts and acquire more affordable items, he added.
“We do not have problems in prices of school supplies in the market as it remained stable,” Hudierez said, adding that based on their recent price monitoring, establishments in the province are still compliant to the suggested retail price (SRP) set by the agency.
DTI-Negros Occidental, however, said the public should still make sure that they obtain the right value for the products they purchase.
Hudierez said parents and students must provide at least a little time to check whether the number of pages indicated on the notebooks and pad papers are accurate.
To ensure quality of the products, they should also make sure that items like pencil, ballpen, eraser, among others, are free from defects, he added.
Earlier, DTI-Negros Occidental said that based on its list of SRPs of school supplies, prices of 80 leaves of writing pad paper range from P9 to P41.75, depending on the brand while intermediate pad paper costs P14 to P22.
For notebooks, prices of 80 leaves for composition range from P14.75 to P31; spiral notebook, P11 to P22.75; and writing notebook, P14. Other school items like different brands of crayon cost P10.75 to P358.75, depending on units; ballpen, P4 to P10.5; pencil, P6.50 to P26.25; eraser, P5 to P8.75; and sharpener, P5 to P24.75.
Based on the agency’s guidelines, price increases should not be really high as establishments are not allowed to exceed 10 percent of the SRPs.
“On top of our regular monitoring, DTI-Negros Occidental is open for reports and complaints on establishments imposing prices higher than SRPs,” Hudierez said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 28, 2016.
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