Mambajao, Camiguin, September 30, 2015– To continually champion consumer welfare promotion and development, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Camiguin Provincial Office will be spearheading anew this year’s observance of the annual Consumer Welfare Month in the whole month of October.
October is known as Consumer Welfare Month through Presidential Decree 1098 and this year’s event carries the theme: “Consumer Protection in the ASEAN Economic Community.
The theme also advocates consumer’s preparation in the establishment of ASEAN Economic Community by December 2015 envisioned for a stable, prosperous, highly competitive ASEAN economic region, facilitates freer flow of goods, services, investments and flow of capital, equitable economic development and reduced poverty and socio-economic disparities
To highlight the month long celebration, DTI-Camiguin is set to conduct a Consumer Education Advocacy Program through conduct of a Provincial Consumer Quiz Bee, a contest open to all high schools in the province which will be participated by the best grade 9 and 10 students with a maximum of three (3) contestants/representatives per school in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).
The Consumer Quiz Bee in the provincial and regional levels aim to advocate to the youth the importance of Consumer Education, rights and privileges of consumers and other consumer related laws.
The consumer month celebration is vital to the consumers’ welfare to create awareness of the 8 basic consumer rights which are the right to basic needs, right to safety, right to information, right to choose, right to representation, right to redress, right to consumer education and the right to a healthy environment.
The DTI also aims at developing awareness on consumer rights and responsibilities, consumer welfare desks, the process in the resolution of consumer complaints, the Consumer Act of the Philippines, the prohibition of the “no return no exchange policy” among establishments, advocacy on receipts, the right of a redress if product is defective, among others.
DTI stresses that consumer protection and education should not be limited to a month, but rather it is a lasting commitment that demands continuing year-round concern and action.(Zita Maestrado- Abellare, DTI-Camiguin/ PIA-Camiguini-Net)