BALANGA CITY, Bataan – As parents and students prepare for the back to school rush, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bataan again
held its annual Diskwento Caravan yesterday, May 15 at the Plaza Mayor, this City.
Mr. Rolly Dizon, former President of the Bataan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BACCI) led the ribbon cutting to officially open the caravan participated in by 131 retailers – local manufacturers and distributors from as far as Manila, Nueva Ecija and Marikina.
According to DTI- Bataan Prov’l Director Nelin Cabahug, the Diskwento Caravan-Balik Eskwela program aims to provide opportunities for parents and other consumers to have access to basic goods particularly school supplies, uniforms, shoes and other related merchandise at reduced prices and stretch their budget.
DTI Bataan Division head Connie Sunico stressed that they are targetting P1.5M in sales this year. Last year they were able to have a sale of P2.3 M, partly because they accommodated the Robinson’s Victoria Galeria store owners whose stalls were affected by the fire, to sell their undamaged goods to at least help them cope with their situation.
DTI Bataan officials headed by PD Cabahug encourages parents, students and other consumers to visit the Diskwento Caravan before the opening of the school year as there are many affordable and practical items that can be purchased.
The Diskwento Caravan said Ms. Tess Magtanong of DTI is in partnership with LGU Balanga City, Bataan Manufacturers Association and other retailers willing to sell school items at discounted prices.