Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies is now available —DTI

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) publishes the Suggested Retail Price Bulletin of school supplies to help consumers.

As teachers and students prepare for the start of another school year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) releases the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) Bulletin of school supplies to help consumers purchase school supplies. School supplies are classified as Prime Commodities under Republic Act No. 7581, also known as the Price Act.

For the past two years, schools across the country have used various distance learning methods to protect educators, students, and pupils from the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As the school year 2022-2023 begins in August, the Department pledges to continue its support for the Department of Education's (DepEd) Balik Eskwela program by releasing an updated SRP Bulletin for school supplies.

Specific brands of notebooks (composition, spiral, and writing), pad paper (Grades 1-4 and intermediate), pencils, ballpoint pens, crayons, erasers, sharpeners, and rulers are included in the price guide.

Notebook prices range from PHP17.50 to PHP36.75 this year, while pad paper prices range from PHP6.50 to PHP24.00. In contrast, intermediate pad paper ranges in price from PHP 22.50 to PHP30.00.

Pencils and ballpoint pens range in price from PHP8.25 to PHP13.25, and from PHP4.75 to PHP19.00, respectively. Depending on the brand, a box of crayons with eight (8) colors can cost as little as PHP18.00 or as much as PHP24.00. A 12-color pack costs PHP32.00, while a 16-color pack costs PHP33.75 to PHP44.00.

Meanwhile, an eraser in small, medium, and large sizes costs between PHP8.75 and PHP17.00. Sharpeners and rulers cost between PHP19.00 and PHP32.00 and between PHP13.00 and PHP39.00, respectively.

"While some prices have risen due to fluctuations in global fuel prices, consumers can save money by purchasing school supplies in bundles or promotional packs," says DTI Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo.

"The DTI is closely coordinating with school supply manufacturers to ensure reasonable prices and market availability,"  DTI Consumer Policy and Advocacy Bureau Director Atty. M. Marcus N. Valdez II stated.

For the full list of suggested retail prices under the "Gabay Sa Pamimili ng School Supplies" bulletin, you may check here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9g4z7P_-NePfmtyd19QMnVtR0d3Unp1YkZsZTBiVjRQNDktaFRJSl9BS2VHcUdSU0NWdDQ
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