DTI joins DepEd’s “Oplan Balik Eskwela” campaign

DAGUPAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has joined the Department of Education’s “Oplan Balik Eskwela” campaign to intensify preparation for the school opening.

Initially, DTI monitored prices of school supplies here.

They learned from their monitoring that cost of school supplies in the cities of Alaminos, Dagupan and Urdaneta are lower than the maximum pricing set by local manufacturers which consequently offers an advantage to customers.

“We are glad that they don’t stretch it to the suggested retail price,” said DTI product specialist Marjorie Loresco during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office on Thursday.

She also clarified that the suggested retail price applies only to basic school supplies such as pencils, ballpens and notebooks. Bags do not have suggested retail price because these are not mandatory for children.

“They can still go to school using any kind of bag but they cannot study without the necessary materials,” Loresco explained.

Buyers were further advised of some tips to verify the quality of school supplies they are purchasing.

Like for crayons, consumers should look at the trademark, name and address of the distributor and the place where it was manufactured. They must as well check the number of crayons in the box if it’s complete; and see if the term “non-toxic” is on the label that tells it passed the allowed toxicity level assigned by the Food and Drug Administration.

She added that imported products are required to have an English translation. In case, no translation is provided, it is better to discard the school supply to avoid an unwanted incident as it may contain toxic chemical components which are harmful to children, Loresco cited. (JCR/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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