Consumer groups attend regional consumer confab PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:39

As a culminating activity of the Consumer Welfare Month celebrated every October, a Regional Consumer Conference was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry last October 27 at Grand Astoria Hotel, this city.

The conference was participated by various consumer groups in Region IX and the ConsumerNet IX, a network of government agencies mandated to implement other consumer related laws and perform consumer protection functions.

In total, 91 participants attended the said event. 45 of which are members of Zamboanga City and Isabela Consumer Groups.

During the conference, resource speakers lectured on subjects that affect the consumers. Each lecture was followed by a forum to encourage dialogue and cooperation between and among consumers and the government sector in strengthening consumer awareness and protection.

Mr. Ronald C. Calderon of the DTI - Consumer Protection & Advocacy Bureau (DTI-CPAB) discussed the various DTI consumer related laws, Consumerism and Standards Harmonization in the ASEAN Integration. This is aligned with the regional call for cooperation on enhancing consumer protection in the Southeast Asian region relative to the integration of markets in ASEAN.

Atty. Annabelle C. Respall of the Securities & Exchange Commision- IX educated the participants on Pyramiding, while Mr. Elre V. Galo of the National Telecommunications Commission- IX cautioned the participants on the different text scams.

The Conference was capped by the organization of the Regional Federation of Consumer Associations IX (REFCA IX) and the election and induction of the officers thereof.

Mr. Michael Malacca of Dipolog City was elected president of REFCA IX, while Mr. Rogelio Ruste, the president of the Zamboanga City Federation of Consumers’ Groups, was elected vice-president of REFCA IX. Mr. Felizardo Santos, another Zamboangueño, was also elected auditor.

Through activities such as this, DTI acknowledges the important role of consumer organizations inasmuch as they represent the consumer sector in consumer advocacies, promotion of business regulation, and in government policy-making bodies (GDA/DTI-ZCO).