By Benjamin Cuaresma

MANILA — Officials from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a visit to the renowned bargain hub of the country to oversee a combined effort of monitoring and enforcing regulations on school supplies within Divisoria, Manila.

Guided by Secretary Alfredo Pascual, DTI representatives diligently examined stalls within the country’s bargain mecca, meticulously tracking the prices of school supplies according to the guidelines they had issued.

Covering an extensive area, DTI personnel inspected a total of 23 stores in Divisoria that specialize in retailing school supplies.

In response to the escalating prices of rice in the local market, DTI has expanded its vigilance to encompass rice within its monitoring scope for essential commodities.

DTI has taken the initiative to urge consumers to promptly report any instances of retailers, manufacturers, or distributors who are engaging in pricing practices that surpass the established guidelines. Reports can be submitted via the Consumer Care Hotline at DTI (1-384) or through (ai/mnm)