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Para mas maraming makabili! Bambol Tolentino pushes for cap on PC, laptop prices

Jul 24, 2020 @ 7:22

Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino on Thursday called on the Department of Education and the Department of Trade and Industry to consider putting a cap on the prices of computer gadgets as they sell like hotcakes ahead of the start of class openings.

Tolentino, vice chairman of the House Committee on Good Government, also urged local government units to closely monitor the prices of computer gadgets and set up desks to assist constituents, including teachers, in choosing the right equipment for students.

“Computers sales have soared, so did the prices,” he said. “Prices of computers and mobile phones have become quite restrictive. Drop out rate will soar unless the government swiftly acts on the problem.”

Computers and other communications gadgets have become basic learning tools as DepEd switches to blended learning involving online and face to face classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tolentino said he has received complaints that laptops with Core 1.3 processors that used to sell from P20,000 to P24,000 prior to the pandemic period, now cost P28,000 to P34,000.

“Unless government intervenes on behalf of parents and students, the state will be reneging on its duty to protect and promote the right of all citizens, particularly the youth, to quality education,” he said.

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