Local News: School Supplies Prices Monitored
With the upcoming opening of classes on Monday, June 4, 2012, Bacolod’s SP focuses on a Councilor Caesar Distrito-proposed resolution requesting the DTI and the City’s Price Monitoring Council, through Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, to strictly monitor school supplies’ prices.
The august body unanimously approved Distrito’s proposal for the protection of consumers in the light of a big demand for school supplies.
Price monitoring is conducted by the DTI and the City’s Price
Monitoring Council, especially during enrolment - peak season when the demand far surpasses supplies of school requirements for the children.
As it is, some unscrupulous business entrepreneurs take advantage of the situation at the expense of a great number of highly-disadvantaged consumers who are already burdened by increasing tuition fees and still have to make both ends meet in order to send their children to school.
Meanwhile, knowing the predicament of parents and guardians especially on college education, some private schools have maintained a "no tuition fee hike" offer, but there are those who raise tuition fees on the premise that their operations could hardly be sustained.
Meanwhile, one of the now highly-reputed and awarded colleges in Western Visayas, a brainchild of Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia, offers a very low tuition fee for college students. Bacolod City College or BCC has maintained a tuition fee of only P30 per unit in answer to affordable education for the city’s less- privileged.*