People flock to Divisoria to buy school supplies

Posted at 05/21/2011 11:59 PM | Updated as of 05/22/2011 5:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Parents have started to flock to Divisoria to buy school supplies weeks before the opening of classes.

“Parang ngayon lang sila nagpa-panic buying sa school supply ngayon eh,” said businessman Philip Sy.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said they will intensify their monitoring of retailers to make sure there will be no sharp increases in the prices of school supplies.

Trade Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said latest data show prices remain stable.

“Mayroon tayong mga nakikitang pagtaas sa mga bagong disenyo, mga P1 hanggang P1.50 compared to the old designs,” said Maglaya.

The DTI sees no reason for any price adjustment as there is no problem with the supply of school materials.

“Sufficient ang supply natin at nakaabang na lahat iyan sa mga tindahan. Naka-order na iyan, nandiyan na sa bodega nila iyan so wala tayong dapat ipangamba na may panibagong adjustment or increases,” Maglaya said.

In Divisoria, depending on the brand and quantity, notebooks can sell anywere between P8.50 to P10, schoolbags from P35 to P350, and crayons from P15 to P40.

The price of school uniforms have not changed, with polo shirts selling from P120 to P160, skirts from P140 and up, and slacks from P180 and up.

The DTI released a price guide for school supplies yesterday to serve as basis for the consumers.

Maglaya said the public can report abusive retailers via their hotline number 751-3330. – Report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News