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Friday, September 29, 2006
Davao del Norte to focus on consumer education
TAGUM CITY (27 September) — The provincial government of Davao del Norte will be observing Consumer Welfare Month in October, placing high concerns on the need to educate consumers.
Conforming with the celebration theme, “Enforcing Consumer Rights towards and Progressive Philippines,” the provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry has lined up month-long activities for the occasion.
The activities were adopted by the Provincial Consumer Welfare and Price Coordinating Council in a meeting Tuesday which was presided over by Board Member Macario A. Bermudez II of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Trade and Industry.
Among the activities set for Consumer Month include hanging of streamers by major business establishments in Tagum City on October 2; motorcade, October 3; consumer welfare desk capability seminar, October 19; capability building of consumer organizations, October 25; launching of the consumer billboard project bearing the theme “A Well-informed and Vigilant Consumer is the Best Protected Consumer, October 27; and the culmination activity and awarding ceremonies of the Best Palengke ng Bayan.
Nelly Esperanza, DTI Davao del Norte chief of the Consumer Welfare and Trade Regulatory Division explained that looking after the consumer welfare would also mean advocating for vigilance among consumers.
DTI is also encouraging consumers to take part in legislation process of policies that ensures protection of their rights, she said.
Meanwhile, representatives to the Provincial Consumer Welfare and Price Coordinating Council meeting saw the need to focus on the need to look into weighing scales in public markets.
There were also concerns raised regarding the rampant selling of food supplements in the local market.
Representatives to the council also wanted to make consumers down to the grassroot level aware of their rights to reinforce implementation of Price Act and other pertinent laws on consumer welfare and protection. (PIA XI/JMDA)
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