Prices of school supplies to remain at 2009 level

April 28, 2010 7:41 pm 

MANILA, April 28 — There will be no increase in prices of notebooks and other school supplies in the coming school opening in June.

Trade and Industry Secretary Jesli A. Lapus assured this after meeting with the school supply manufacturers including the converters and retailers.

“International prices of pulp have increased but this would not affect consumers at this time but possibly second half of the year because the inventories have been out already. Sufficiency of supply is already assured and positioned for distribution,” he said.

Lapus said Brazil, the biggest source of recycled paper, has raised prices.

“Prices of school supplies have actually been the same as 2009,” he said.

Industry players have also assured him that prices based on suggested retail prices will remain unchanged from last year’s level.

This also goes for all other school supplies including pad papers, notebooks, pencils, crayons, ballpens and school uniforms.

The SRPs would be displayed in retail outlets.

Converters and retailers are also required to observe the minimum labelling requirements such as name and address of manufacturer, number of pages and quality and standards of the products.

Private schools selling customized school supplies for their own students to also observe the same requirements.

Lapus also reported that violent and pornographic photos are not allowed on notebook covers or else, these would be confiscated.

The industry players present in the meeting included the Philippine School Pads & Notebooks Manufacturers Association Inc., Sterling Paper Group of Companies, Merriam and Webster Specialties Corp., National Bookstore, Goodwill Bookstore, Philand Industries, Advance Paper, Aspen Paper Products Corp. and Corona Paper.(PNA)

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