The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assures consumers that prices of school supplies remain stable even as the opening of school-year
Annually, the DTI-Consumer Protection Group, through its Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB), and school and office supplies manufacturers discuss their output and prices.
“The CPAB validates the submitted prices against the costs of production, particularly raw materials,” DTI-CPG Undersecretary Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba said.
Dimagiba emphasized that such prices will be the reference for retailers and for consumers to be guided in their purchases. Retailers have been urged to post the price guides at places where consumers can easily see them.
“The department has maintained open communications with the manufacturers and importers of office and school supplies. This year, the cooperation and support to maintain the prices of school and office supplies at reasonable and stable levels are strong. In fact, based on reports, prices are the same as two years ago,” Dimagiba said.
The DTI regional and provincial offices conduct market monitoring on school supplies not only to check on the prices but also to ensure compliance by manufacturers and importers with specific quality standards and labeling requirements. They also conduct “Diskwento” Caravans to bring their supplies closer to consumers at discounted prices.
“We remind manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers that if they are found not complying with the requirements of the Philippine National Standards, they shall face administrative charges under RA 7394, which include a maximum fine of P300,000 per violation,” Dimagiba declares.
Consumers have been advised to report or file complaints against unsafe school supplies to the DOH/FDA or overpriced and unlabeled school supplies to the nearest DTI office in their area, or call DTI Direct 7513330.