Prices of school supplies remain stable

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Monday, May 26, 2014


PRICES of school supplies remain stable, the regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

DTI-Davao senior trade and industry development specialist Alvin R. Aranas, who guested in Monday's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, said that in the past two years, the suggested retail price (SRP) of common office and school supplies have remained stable.

"Since early May, we have monitored the quality and prices of common school supplies," he said.

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The SRP of an 80 leaves notebook ranges from P10 to P14.75.

Retail price of Grades 1 to 4 pad paper ranges from P6 to P12 while intermediate pad paper remains at P12.70 to P22.50.

The SRP for a set of eight crayons is from P11.25 to 19.75, while a set of 16 crayons is from P22.50 to P37.75. A set of 24 crayons is from P32 to 51.75.

A pack of three or four regular sized pencils is from P9.50 to P23.50 per pack while a pack of three jumbo size pencils range from P24.75 to P30.75. The price of ballpen is from P4.75 to P33.

Aranas said it is important for buyers to closely check on the labels of products they are buying.

According to the agency, buyers should check the following labels on notebooks: number of pages, kind (book or bond), type, size and grammage of paper, brand name or trademark, name and address of manufacturer, converter or importer, country where it was made from.

In purchasing pad papers the buyer should check the following: number of leaves, kind (book or bond), brand name or trademark, name and address of manufacturer, converter or importer, country where it was made from.

For crayons, the following labels should be present: brand name or trademark, number of crayons in the box, name and address of the manufacturer of distributor, the label "non-toxic" that certifies the product has been tested and pased the "allowed toxicity level" of the Food and Drug Administration, and where it was made.

The brand name or trademark, hardness symbol (1,2,3), and where it was manufactured are the labels to watch out for if buying pencils.

In buying ballpens, the brand name or trademark, tip classification (fine, medium, etc.), and the name and address of the manufacturer on the box, are the labels to be checked.

"To be safe, it is much better to purchase the products of established brands or from established school supply shops because we can be assured of their quality," he said.

Aranas said buyers should not compromise their safety for a cheap product.

"Pagang brand may kakaibangpangalan at walang label, wag nabilhin," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 27, 2014.

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