October is Consumer Welfare month (CWM). Based on Presidential Proclamation No. 1098, every October is an opportunity for government and private sectors, including media, to disseminate information such as policies affecting consumers, and encourage dialogue and cooperation among government, business and consumer groups to broaden their education as consumers.
Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo points out that, “As the nation celebrates the 16th year of the Consumer Welfare Month, the department calls on the Filipino consumers once again to be properly informed and actively involved in programs created for them to ensure a safety- and price-conscious society.”
Every October, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reiterates its commitment to reinforce its services, programs and activities to protect the interests of consumers with the continued assistance of Philippine industries.
Domingo emphasizes, “The DTI has this vision of aggressive yet educated consumers facing their issues through the strong support of public and private partnerships.”
DTI-Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation Group (CWBRG) Officer-in-Charge lawyer Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba explains, “The DTI highly anticipates the CWM celebration and supports whichever department leads the festivity. Simultaneously, all offices of the department annually gear up to reach more consumers through activities in their regions, provinces and cities.”
For this year, the Department of Health (DOH) is in the forefront of the 16th CWM festivity, guided by the theme “Health Product—Quality, Efficacy, Safety and Transparency: Everybody’s Concern.”
The DTI has led the CWM celebrations in 2000, 2006 and 2012 with the themes, “Mapanuri at Masigasig na Mamimili: Hamon sa Bagong Milenyo [A Critical and Vigilant Consumer: Challenge of the New Millenium]” and “Enforcing Consumer Rights Towards a Progressive Philippines,” and “Get Organized. Be Heard. Be Empowered,” respectively. The DTI is expected to get another chance to lead the CWM in 2018.
To celebrate the CWM, the DTI has set several activities for its employees, industry clients and consumers: Bantay Presyo Pa-Raffle for DTI on all Mondays and Fridays of October; 1st National Convention for Accredited Constructors Performance Evaluation System (CPES) Evaluators of the Philippines on October , 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center; Authorized Managing Officer (AMO) Seminar on October 3 to 4, 2013 in Cebu City; Capacity Building and Launching of the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) Windows in Region III (Central Luzon) on October 10 to 11, 2013, in Region X (Northern Mindanao) on October 24 to 25, 2013 and in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) on October 28 to 29, 2013; Konsyumer Caravan in the National Capital Region (NCR) in October to November; Consumer Lecture on Investment Scams and Pyramiding on October 15, 2013; Accreditation of Constructors Performance Evaluators for Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in Quezon City on October 23 to 25, 2013; 2nd Philippine Overseas Construction Board (POCB) Symposium on Philippine Overseas Construction at the Discovery Suites in Pasig City on October 24, 2013; Bagwis Awards Ceremony for 2013 Corporate and Gold Recipients in the last week of October 2013; and Road Shows on Balikbayan Box Shipments in Hong Kong on October 20, 2013, in Dubai on October 23, 2013, in Riyadh on October 25, 2013, and in Singapore on October 27, 2013.
Moreover, in coordination with the DTI-NCR, the DTI-CWBRG has arranged a series of Diskwento Caravans in the NCR through which the department seeks the cooperation of manufacturers and distributors of basic necessities and prime commodities to sell their products at discounted prices, and assist consumers in their purchases. The DTI-NCR visits the consumers in their areas through the mobile Diskwento Caravans in Caloocan City Hall on October 3, 2013; Malanday, Marikina on October 4, 2013; Parañaque City Hall on October 7, 2013; and, at the DTI Main office (361 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City) on October 8 to 9, 2013.
During the CWM, the DTI-CWBRG also celebrates the National Standards Week (NSW) every October 8 t0 14 in cognizant of the World Standards Day (WSD) on October 14.
The Philippines’ National Standards Body, the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS), a line bureau under the DTI-CWBRG, leads the WSD and NSW celebration activities. Dimagiba expounds, “Annually, the international, regional and local standardization offices and groups reiterate the great significance of international standards on products and services that ultimately protect the interests of their end-users, the consumers.”
Through the DTI-BPS, products with the Philippine Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks such as small home appliances, Christmas lights, motorcycle helmets, fireworks, and monobloc chairs and tables will be offered for sale at discounted prices in the caravan at the DTI office on October 8 to 9, 2013. In addition, the DTI-BPS has set the Seminars on Standards and Conformance in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on October 11 and 14 at the DTI ITG building.
The DTI-CWBRG continues the airing of its consumer advocacy program, Konsyumer Atbp (KATBP) through simultaneous broadcasting in television and radio of the ABS-CBN Corp.’s DZMM 630 kHz, DZMM Teleradyo Skycable Channel 26, through more than 200 local cable networks, and, through international cable networks. Episodes on product safety standards, proper delivery of balikbayan boxes, consumer assistance and complaints handling and Sikat Pinoy products from 16 regions are lined up for discussions this October.
“The DTI enjoins the nation in celebrating this important event, the CWM, this October,” Secretary Domingo reminds the general public.
“But the DTI services consumers all year round for their immediate protection,” he underscored.
For more information, call the DTI Direct at 751-3330.