DTI releases school supplies guide for Western Visayas

A DTI Iloilo staff monitors prices of school supplies weeks prior to the school opening set on July 29, 2024

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region VI has issued the “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies” for the 2024-2025 school year, starting on July 29, 2024.

“This annual guide is crucial for consumers as they prepare for the new academic year. It provides valuable information on various school supplies, helping parents and students make informed purchasing decisions,” said DTI VI Regional Director Rachel Nufable.

The guide, compiled by DTI’s Consumer Affairs and Advocacy Bureau (CAAB), includes essential items such as notebooks, pad papers, and other classroom necessities. This year’s list features 173 stock-keeping units (SKUs), up from 117 last year.

Nationwide data indicates that 68% of previously listed items maintained their prices, while 8% saw price reductions. However, 24% of items experienced price increases due to high raw material costs, quality improvements, and increased production expenses.

“Our office will conduct weekly price monitoring in key cities in Western Visayas, and monthly checks in other areas before classes begin to ensure fair pricing,” Nufable added.

DTI Region VI encourages consumers to refer to the guide when purchasing school supplies. The full “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies” is available on the DTI website and at local DTI offices throughout Western Visayas.

A press conference is scheduled for July 15 to provide an in-depth look at the guide, featuring price trend breakdowns, consumer tips, and a Q&A session with DTI VI officials.

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