LIST: Balik Eskwela price check

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 23, 2019   •   1005

Nelie Ramel and her friends opt to go to Divisoria Market in Manila for their school supply needs. The school supplies they buy are given to children during their outreach programs.

She said they prefer buying at Divisoria because of the affordable prices.

“Syempre po abot kaya. At tsaka dito kasi pwede matawaran unlike sa bookstore hindi pwedeng tawaran, fixed na ang price, (Of course it is affordable and you can haggle here unlike in bookstores. The prices there are fixed),” she said.

However, several vendors in Divisoria said prices of school supplies went up. These are the prices of some school supplies as of Thursday (May 23):

  • NOTEBOOK – P12.00- 15.00
  • PAD PAPER – P15.00
  • PENCIL – P10.00
  • BALLPEN – P10.00-20.00
  • ENVELOPE – P6.00-8.00
  • CRAYOLA (16) – P65.00
  • CRAYOLA (24) – P80.00
  • MANILA PAPER – P5.00
  • PLASTIC COVER – P35.00-70.00
  • SCHOOL BAG – P200.00-350.00
  • UNIFORM (BLOUSE) – P80.00-100.00
  • UNIFORM (SHORTS/PANTS) – P60.00-100.00

Meanwhile Laban Konsyumer group also slammed the P1.00-P2.00 price increase of school supplies in several malls.—(with reports from Joan Nano)

LIST: School supplies containing lead, cadmium

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 29, 2019

Courtesy: EcoWaste Coalition

EcoWaste Coalition has listed several school supplies containing cadmium and lead which are harmful to students.

The environment group alerted consumers against purchasing school supplies laced with hazardous substances such as cadmium and lead.

“While many school supplies are generally harmless, there are some items that contain undisclosed chemicals that are banned or restricted in children’s toys because of their harmful effects on children’s health and the environment, too,” stated Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) lead and cadmium are included in the list of “10 chemicals of major public health concern.”

Among the samples found to contain high concentrations of lead were:

  1. An Artex Fine Water Colors (bright yellow cake), 86,000 ppm
  2. A yellow painted metal water container with Minions design, 65,500 ppm
  3. A red coated hair clip, 42,600 ppm
  4. A yellow painted metal water container with Rabbit design, 39,300 ppm
  5. A yellow coated hair clip, 15,800 ppm
  6. A backpack with Ultraman design, 12,100 ppm
  7. An MPC Classique Water Colors (light yellow cake), 4,914 ppm
  8. A bag tag with a Doraemon design, 3,659 ppm
  9. A yellow Fairyland crayon, 3,191 ppm
  10. A bag tag with Superman design, 2,361 ppm
  11. A backpack with Ben 10 design, 1,908
  12. A backpack with Hello Kitty design, 1,879 ppm

“Parents should be on the lookout for these items that may contain hazardous chemicals such as cadmium, lead, and phthalates,” Dizon said.

PNP checks stalls for permits as firecracker prices soar in Divisoria

admin   •   December 26, 2018


(file photo)

MANILA, Philippines — Prices of firecrackers in Divisoria nowadays have spiked by 15% higher than the price last year.

“Tumaas  ang presyo kaysa dati na nakaraang taon mga 15 percent yung taas ng presyo ng paputok  ngayon kumbagPrices of firecrackers in Divisoria nowadays have spiked by 15% higher than the price last year.a sa ganitong klase tumaas po siya ng kinse,” said Mujahild Mamintal, a vendor.

The increase is due to low supply of firecrackers coming from main manufacturers in Bocaue, Bulacan.

A vendor believes the increase in fees for sales permit is also a factor for firecracker price hike.

“Matumal ngayon kasi laging nireraid yung Bocaue. Doon kami kumukuha matumal ngayon. Mataas ang kalakal ngayon dahil ang permit ngayon ay napakataas times two na,” said Ryan Maoming, a vendor.

It can be recalled that the Philippine National Police (PNP) did not issue new permits to new manufacturers, allowing only old producers with permits.

Because of this, the Association of Accredited Manufacturer of Pyrotechnic and Fireworks has appealed to the police to intensify the monitoring of illegal firecrackers.

In Divisoria, police are seen inspecting firecracker vendors to ask if they have permits.

Police are also monitoring the spread of firecrackers and fireworks without safety standard stickers from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

As of press time, there are no recorded offenders or any untoward incident related to firecrackers in the commercial center.

Divisoria firecracker and firework vendors, meanwhile, are hoping that they can earn their profits before 2018 ends as they expect that firecrackers will be in demand. — UNTV News & Rescue

DTI to release new SRPs on school supplies next month

admin   •   April 20, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Notebooks

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to release a list of suggested retail prices (SRPs) on school supplies next month to serve as guide to consumers prior to the opening of classes in June.

DTI advises consumers to shop early to avoid the sudden increase in prices of basic school supplies.

“Mamili na sila ng school supplies habang maaga pa at tsaka wag silang mag-alala nakabantay ang DTI sa lahat ng concerns ng mamimili,” DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo said.

(They should buy school supplies while it’s still early. Do not worry, DTI is monitoring concerns of consumers.)

It has been observed that prices of ordinary school supplies have already marked up months before classes begin. Some vendors in Nepa Q-Mart are actually planning to increase their prices.

“Lahat po halos tumaas eh, simula po sa notebook tapos sa mga pad,” school supply retailer Rose Bolaong said.

(Almost everything went up, from notebooks to pad papers.)

Meanwhile, DTI has demanded explanation from paper manufacturers for unauthorized increase in prices.

The manufacturers argued that the price of raw materials in the global market has increased; inevitably affecting the price of paper products. They promised DTI not to add to their prices this year.

“Ang increase na nagawa na nila ito na yun, wala nang karagdagang increase. This school year nag-commit na sila. Ito na iyon, for June,” Castelo said.

(This is the increase that they have made; no more additional increases. They have committed this school year. This is it for June.)

DTI is set to meet with large-scale school supply retailers to hear their side on the issue. — UNTV News & Rescue


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