All set for observance of consumers’ welfare month in Region 12 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:28

All is set for today’s launching in Region 12 of this year’s nationwide celebration of the consumers’ welfare month (CWM), an annual event spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry.

The DTI’s office for Region 12, in an emailed statement, said this year’s CWM will be capped with massive region-wide consumers’ education campaign.

The DTI-12, which is based in Koronadal City, said the October 2013 CWM celebration, with its theme “Health Products, Quality, Efficacy, Safety, and Transparency, Everybody’s Concern,” is to be spearheaded by regional office of the Department of Health in Central Mindanao.

Government activities during the annual CWM are “convergence initiatives” of the DTI, the DOH and the Food and Drugs Authority, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Education, and the National Food Authority.

Representatives of the six participating agencies ironed out last week the preparations for the CWM during a meeting in Koronadal City, according to the DTI-12.

Among the activities lined up for the CWN were an information campaign on consumers’ welfare and protection, the conduct of “diskwento caravans,” and FDA licensing services.

In another development, meanwhile, 60 commercial establishments in Central Mindanao had passed this year’s government evaluation for responsible entrepreneurship and management consumer rights and protection awareness.

The DTI-12 said the evaluation process, dubbed “DTI Bagwis program,” is to give credence and recognition to business entities actively involved in activities upholding rights and welfare of consumers.

The recent evaluation activity of the DTI’s regional certification committee was assisted by the region’s Federation of Consumer Council, and representatives from the local business communities.

The DTI Bagwis was originally known as the department’s Certified Establishment Program.

The DTI-12 said the evaluation process is premised on each establishment’s having a consumer welfare desk, a customer service counter and compliance on fair trade laws.

Establishments are also to be evaluated on how the management and employees adhere to social responsibilities as entities being sustained by customers and clients.

Among this year’s Region 12 evaluation passers, which are also to be given special citations by DTI, were supermarkets, department and specialty stores, hardware and appliance stores and repair and serving outfits.

The DTI-12 said its yearly evaluation thrust is supported by the Philippine Retailers Association, the Philippine Product Safety & Quality Foundation, the Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association, the Philippine Association of Supermarkets, Inc., and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The program is also being assisted by the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Federation of Philippine Industries, and the Nationwide Association of Consumers, Inc.

The DTI-12’s press statement had quoted the department’s regional director for Central Mindanao, Ibrahim Guiamadel, as saying that it is not only the commercial establishments that are to benefit from the yearly evaluation activity of the department.

Guiamadel said the public in Region 12 are also stakeholders to the DTI Bagwis program, which aims to guarantee they get their money’s worth when they procure consumer goods and services.