DTI to mark Consumer Welfare Month

LAOAG CITY, Oct. 18 — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is conducting lectures on consumerism and store inspections to mark the celebration of Consumer Welfare Month in the province of Ilocos Norte.

According to Remy Sasutil, officer-in-charge of the Consumer Welfare Division of DTI here, the lectures on consumer-related topics are part of their information advocacy campaign to promote consumer welfare.

“In fact, this is among the rights of a consumer as stated in Republic Act 7394, otherwise known as the Consumer Act of the Philippines. Other consumer rights include right to basic needs, right to safety, right to information, right to choose, right to representation, right to redress and right to a healthy environment,” Sasutil said.

Among the consumer-related issues they are discussing, she said, are access to basic goods and services, product quality and safety, sustainable consumption, consumer rights and responsibilities and the like.

The lectures are being conducted in various high schools in the towns of Solsona and Burgos and consumer associations in the towns of Pasuquin and Vintar.

The department is also conducting monitoring and inspections in business establishments in Batac City to find out if they are complying with fair trade laws.

This year’s Consumer Welfare Month underscores the importance of food security and safety with the theme, “Sapat, Ligtas at Abot-Kayang pagkain para sa lahat ng Pilipino”. (JCR/CPC-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)