Parents consider price, quality, need in buying school supplies for kids PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2011 16:05

In almost every store selling school supplies in this city, parents are making the most of the remaining days of summer vacation to buy things needed by their children in time for the opening of school next week.

They buy everything they need or can afford –- notebooks, pad paper, ballpens, pencils, crayons, bags, uniforms, shoes, and other items.
In doing this chore, there are certain primary considerations that parents take into account before taking out money from their pockets: Are the items of good quality? Are they affordable?

Amalia Nalandar, a mother to three children who are enrolled in a public school, bought supplies that she confided were just affordable for the modest income of her husband as a public utility jeepney (PUJ) driver.
Another mother, Letty Sanchez said she prefers items for their good quality. She bought these from a mall.

“I would opt for supplies that although economically-priced, possess nonetheless the quality I look for, “replied Christie Robles when asked by newsmen.
This is the usual situation that parents find themselves in before school opening. They realize that these things are needed by their children in school. But these expenses come in addition to regular household necessities such as food, power, and water.
Parents are left with no other choice but to buy these school essentials. Nevertheless, they still have options insofar as choosing what items to buy based on certain considerations of quality and price.

As far as this is concerned, there is still another option coming from the government itself.
It has come to the side of parents who want to make the most out of their money by offering them another option – the “Diskwento Caravan” and “Balik Eskwela Diskwento” which sells basic goods, including low-priced but quality school supplies. This is exactly what Christie looked for. Both projects are spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry.

The Diskwento Caravan was launched in Metro Manila in March and has been going around the country. It is scheduled to visit Western Visayas this month.
On the other hand, the Balik Eskwela Diskwento is organized locally by DTI with the participation of local business establishments which offer school supplies at discounted prices.

In Iloilo, the project will run until June 5. Zeny Pacardo said she welcomes the government initiative to offer consumers with low-priced but quality school supplies through the “Diskwento” project.


“It’s a very good option,” said Zeny.  --JAIME S. CABAG JR.