DTI offers ‘Balik Eskwela Diskwento’ caravan

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By Ma. Leonora E. Estanque (WVSU-OJT, PNA)

ILOILO CITY, May 16 -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is encouraging the public to take advantage of the discounts in school supplies to be sold during their “Balik Eskwela Diskwento” caravan this May 31 to June 2 at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

Balik Eskwela Diskwento Caravan is organized by DTI in partnership with several manufacturers and distributors to help the parents and students to have the best value of products for their money. The Philippine Retailers Association-Iloilo Chapter is one of its partners.

School supplies, uniforms, bags and other school necessities will be sold at a discounted price.

“We don't have the final list yet of those who will participate because the campaign is ongoing for those who are willing to participate in the project,” according to DTI OIC regional director Rebecca M. Rascon.

Ten to 30 percent discount can be enjoyed buying basic school needs like notebooks, ballpens, crayons, bags and uniforms.

Aside from discounts, there will also be freebies and giveaways given by the participating distributors.

“Consumers can save further if they will avail the products in premium packs. The packs sometimes include ballpen, paper, notebook which is cheaper compared to individual pricing,” according to Judith Degala, head of the Consumer Protection Division.

She also added that consumers would be assured of the quality of the product as participating establishments are compliant with standards.

There is no fixed prices for the products sold during the Balik Eskwela Caravan because the suggested retail prices (SRP) have yet to come out.