Consumer groups celebrate WCRD with symposium PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 March 2013 18:49

Officials representing various consumer organizations in Region 9 met recently in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay in a symposium cum mini-workshop to mark the annual observance of the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD).

Engr. Jamir Omar Abubakar of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who facilitated the activity said that this is the first time Region 9 and the whole Philippines join hands with other nations of the world to simultaneously celebrate WCRD which falls on every15th day of March every year.

This year’s theme of the WCRD celebration according to Abubakar is “Consumer Justice Now”, which underscores the need to uphold, respect and promote consumer welfare protection all around the world.

In consonance with this, the symposium conducted in Ipilincluded lectures and discussions on various fair trade laws, consumer rights and responsibilities, the DTI’s “Bagwis”program, among others.

Abubakar added that the activity sought to revitalize, strengthen and empower local consumer organizations through information advocacy. It also sought to encourage membership and accreditation of said groups with the DTI.

The mini-workshop conducted later in the day resulted to the crafting of provincial action plans that would serve as the blueprint for the programs, projects and activities the consumer groups will pursue in 2013 to 2014.

Among the most common activities planned by the participating consumer groups include the creation/organization of more consumer organizations in various localities in the province and across various sectors of society; more media mileage for consumer issues; and the conduct of seminars on consumer protection.

Zamboanga Peninsula ConsumerNet chairman and invited guest,Rodolfo Iglesias said that “through these activities, we are hopeful that more and more consumers in the region will have become educated on their rights and responsibilities under the law, informed on how to seek legal remedies for their grievances, and encouraged to demand that they get the best value for their money which is one hallmark of true consumer empowerment”. — LSV/DTI9