MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, May 23 (PIA) -As the month of June enters and school opening approaches, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin Provincial Office strengthened the monitoring of the prices and quality of school supplies.
Among the supplies that were being checked are selected brands of pad paper, notebooks, crayons, ball pens, pencils and bond paper.
Based on DTI’s price guide, the stores that were monitored abide by the Suggested Retail Prices (SRP) of the supplies enumerated.
The SRP was released nationwide by DTI three weeks before the opening of classes to ensure that they will not exceed with the SRP.
Stores are also advised to post copies of the SRPs in their establishments so that customers will be well informed and will served as reminders for them not to go over the SRP as it is a ground for over pricing and is considered as an unlawful act.
Pursuant to DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 06, Series of 2007, retailers found selling at very high prices can be imposed with an administrative fine of P20,000.00 to a maximum of P1,000,000.00 while criminal penalties under the Price Act include imprisonment from five (5) up to fifteen (15) years.
Consumers are likewise advised to be guided by the “Gabay sa Presyo ng School Supplies”on their purchases, and to report retailers selling above the prices indicated in the guide by calling DTI Direct 751.3330 or 0917.8343330.
Consumers are also encouraged to compare the quality of the school supplies/products by checking the label before purchase.
Violations can also be reported to DTI-Camiguin Provincial Office at Landline No. (088) 3870036 or Telefax No. (088) 3870037 or on email address – firstname.lastname@example.org. (Zita M. Abellare with reports from Varry Labial, DTI-Camiguin, PIACamInet)