The Department of Education (DepEd) reiterated its call to all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide to avoid requiring expensive school supplies for students to purchase as classes begin this year.
DepEd made the appeal together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) during the special monitoring activity for school supplies in bookstores around Recto Avenue in Sampaloc and Sta. Cruz, Manila.
Education Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Atty. Tonisito M.C. Umali urged the administrators of public schools to refrain from prescribing any branded or expensive school supplies which contribute to budgetary constraints of parents specially those with children studying in public schools.
Also, Umali urges the public to check the Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies released by the DTI to properly guide consumers in their purchase of school supplies.
The special monitoring activity for school supplies was spearheaded by the DTI, together with representatives from DepEd, Department of Health-Food and Drug Administration (DOH-FDA), Local Government Unit-Manila and Senator Bam Aquino.
The monitoring team reported stable and reasonable prices on school supplies. (Joel C. Atencio)