School opening, price watch on nationwide

Published June 3, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Fred M. Lobo
Fred M. Lobo

By Fred M. Lobo


The Department of Education (DepEd) has reactivated Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) with the opening today June 4, of classes for School Year (SY) 2018-2019 in all public schools nationwide.

OBE to ensure smooth and safe school opening, it said.


The DepEd said that its annual OBE initiative will be participated in by various concerned government agencies, education partners, stakeholders, and volunteers.

Yes, let the Pinoy “Bayanihan” spirit prevail.


Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that OBE will “ensure that all our learners are properly enrolled and able to attend school on the first day of classes by addressing problems, queries, and other concerns commonly encountered by our stakeholders at the start of the school year.”

Yes to education for the country’s youth.


Under the OBE, the DepEd Central Office (CO) has set up the OBE Information and Action Center (IAC) at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan while regional and division offices are likewise to operate a command center.

Quick response to concerns from the ground assured.


“We are also working closely with our partners to ensure the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education,” Briones said.

Yes to partnership for better and wider education service.


Supporting the OBE are the various government agencies and partners such as DOE, DILG, DOH, DND, PNP, DPWH, DSWD, DTI, MERALCO, MWSS, MMDA and PAGASA.

The more, the merrier, as the saying goes.


Also being watched are the prices of notebooks, pad paper, and other school supplies that have reportedly gone up.

No to overpricing of school supplies, especially in the provinces.


The DTI said it released the suggested retail price (SRP) before the opening of classes to assist consumers in their purchase of school items.

SRP: Sa resonableng presyo!


The DTI added that the “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies” was published as early as May 12, 2018 and is posted on the DTI’s e-Presyo, which can be accessed through

Price guide goes high-tech. Check it online.


The SRP list covers specific brands of notebook, pad paper, pencil and ball pen, crayon, eraser, sharpener, and ruler.

All important items covered.


The DTI added that some brands increased their prices due to global pressures but others maintained theirs.

Maintain reasonable pricing! Ensure smooth and safe school opening!