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DTI-Bulacan issues price guide for school supplies

CITY OF MALOLOS — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Bulacan issued “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies” for the upcoming school opening.

The price guide aims to assist consumers in making informed decisions when purchasing school items for the start of the academic year.

In her statement to local media on Friday (July 28), Mary Grace Sta. Ana-Reyes, DTI-Bulacan information officer, the “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies” includes a wide range of essential school supplies, such as notebooks, pad papers, pencils, ballpoint pens, crayons, erasers, sharpeners, and rulers. By providing specific brands and corresponding prices, the guide empowers parents and students to plan their back-to-school shopping more efficiently.

Based on the price guide of the school supplies,” notebook prices range from P23.00 to P52.00. Grades one to four pad paper prices vary from P21.00 to P28.00, while intermediate pad paper prices range from P31.00 to P48.75.

In addition, she also said the price guide features the prices of writing materials such as pencils and ballpoint pens, ranging from P11.00 to P17.00 and P9.25 to P19.00, respectively.

“A pack of 3 pencils costs P18.00 to P33.00 while a pack of 3 ballpens costs P24.00 to P33.00. Consumers can find a box of crayons with eight colors for as low as P12.00 to as high as P34.00 depending on the brand. Erasers are priced at P4.50 to P20.00 depending on the size and brand, while sharpeners and rulers are priced at P18.00 to P37.00 and P22.00 to P27.75, respectively.

Reyes added while some school supplies have remained unaffected by recent market trends, DTI also acknowledges that certain items have experienced price increases due to the global cost of basic raw materials. The department assures consumers that they are closely coordinating with local manufacturers to ensure that prices remain reasonable and that sufficient supply is available in the market.

On the other hand, DTI-3 OIC Regional Director Brigida T. Pili in her statement, “As we prepare for the school year 2023-2024, DTI is committed to supporting our local consumers and ensuring that they have access to accurate and updated price information.

“Through the ‘Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies,’ we aim to alleviate the burden of back-to-school shopping for families in Central Luzon and promote fair and transparent pricing among suppliers,” Pili added.

She added through the “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies,” DTI-3 reaffirms its commitment to promoting fair trade practices and safeguarding consumer welfare in the region. The department encourages the public to make use of this valuable resource when preparing for the upcoming school year. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
Manny D. Balbin
Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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