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As part of the celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month 2017 and in commemoration of the National Standards Week, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Quirino Provincial Office partnered with various Local Government Units (LGUs) in Quirino conducted a series of Consumer Education and Information (CEI) Seminars on October 9-13, 2017 in the municipalities of Diffun, Saguday, Aglipay, Maddela and Nagtipunan.  It was attended by LGU staff, private individuals and business owners. 

Trade and Industry Development Specialist (TIDS) Lovell Mark C. Campania of DTI-Quirino, was the resource speaker in the first 4 municipalities. He discussed the topics on Consumer Rights and Responsibilities and Product Standards.  On the other hand, Negosyo Center Coordinator, Mr. Arnel Agustin acted as the resource speaker in Nagtipunan and discussed the topics on Consumer Rights and Responsibilities.   Both speakers gave the participants ideas on how to properly handle their complaints including the remedies that they are entitled to. 

DTI Quirino conducts CEIs to teach consumers on their basic rights and responsibilities, and spreads its advocacy especially to those in the marginalized sectors who become passive and being exploited by unscrupulous businessmen.♦

Bayombong – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Office through its Dupax del Sur Negosyo Center in collaboration with the League of Barangay Captain is pushing the ‘One Barangay, One Product (OBOP)” project to create more micro entrepreneurs in Dupax del Sur. 

The aim of the business development strategy is to create more micro entrepreneurs that will eventually generate jobs and provide additional income for constituents of the municipality. 

Mr. Roel P. Dolaypan Jr., Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist (STIDS) of DTI Nueva Vizcaya, presented an OBOP model of development for the 19 Barangay Captains in the Municipality of Dupax del Sur on October 9, 2017 at the Heroes Hall, LGU Dupax del Sur. He briefly discussed the specific developmental stage that each barangay enterprise would undergo.

Mr. Dolaypan urged the barangay executives to produce one product per barangay to enable residents to engage in viable economic activities that would augment their income. Ms. Analyn I. Baniqued, Dupax del Sur Negosyo Center Counselor, also shared the programs and services of the Negosyo Center in line with the proposed OBOP development of the municipality. 

OIC Provincial Director Henry O. Conel, Jr. said, “we will make sure that this initiative will grow and develop more barangay-based micro entrepreneurs through a cohesive and inclusive development plan that would respond to the mandate of the agency and the municipality’s economic vision”. DTI Nueva Vizcaya will propose creative and innovative business ideas that will capture their respective target markets. 

The League of Barangay Captains in the Municipality of Dupax del Sur will collaborate with DTI Nueva Vizcaya to push and develop their OBOP business development scheme. A series of focus group discussions will be conducted to all barangay entrepreneurs to make an assessment and recommendations on their specific product.♦

The different Municipal Local Government Units (MLGUs) in Quirino Province namely: Diffun, Cabarroguis, Saguday and Maddela with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Quirino Provincial Office conducted an Operation Timbangan in their respective areas on October 18, 19, 20 and 24, 2017.  The activities highlighted the observance of the Consumer Month Celebration 2017 in the province. 

Composite teams of designated officers from the Local Price Coordinating Councils (LPCC) of the said municipalities formed the enforcement teams together with consumer organizations and DTI- Quirino Provincial Office.  The activity was conducted to ensure that commercial weighing scales used in various public markets in the province are in good condition. 

As a result of the four (4) conducted Operation Timbangan, a total of forty-nine (49) defective weighing scales were confiscated out of the two hundred fourteen (214) weighing scales checked. The confiscated weighing scales will be subject for calibration and repair. Those beyond repair shall be disposed accordingly. 

In the same activities, SVTIDS Lenore Lee S. Lopez, TIDA Lovell Mark C. Campania and TA Aimee C. Garcia of DTI-Quirino Consumer Protection Unit advocated the different Fair Trade Laws that business owners should comply with. They made emphasis on the Price Tag Law where every product sold in retail should have price tags.  They also reminded them to check if their products bear the requisite markings of products under mandatory certification and see to it that their products are properly labelled. Consumers who were on the site were also informed about their rights and responsibilities. 

DTI Quirino together with the different Municipal LPCCs and consumers groups undertake various consumer related activities in the province to protect consumers and ensure that they enjoy the best value for their money.♦

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Quirino Provincial Office in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted a Consumer Quiz Bee and Poster Making Contest on October 23, 2017 at DepEd Quirino  Schools Division Office, Cabarroguis, Quirino. The activity was one of the highlights of this year’s Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) Celebration in the province. 

With the theme “Consumer Rights in the Digital Age”, the contests were open to all students from secondary schools all over the province.  Eight (8) schools joined the contests and with their best students who represented their schools in the Quiz Bee and Poster Making Contest. 

Marie Liberty Faye A. Allauigan of Quirino General High School, Cabarroguis, Quirino emerged as the champion in the Quiz Bee while Prane DJ R. Radam of Aglipay High School, Aglipay, Quirino was adjudged to have best illustrated this year’s CWM theme in the Poster Making Contest.  The winners received cash prizes, certificates and trophies while all participating students and schools received certificates of participation. 

The Board of Judges was composed of Ms. Conchita Uy, Quirino Business Owners Association President, Mr. Virgilio Francia, Diffun Consumer Welfare Association President and Engr. Magdalena Gomez, Provincial Field Team Leader of DICT Quirino.♦

In celebration of the 20th Consumer Welfare Month this October, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Isabela Provincial Office through its Consumer Protection Division conducted two (2) consecutive Consumer Education and Information (CEI) Symposia in Echague and Ilagan City on October 20 and 24, 2017, respectively. 

The activity aims to inform consumers of their rights and responsibilities for them to become more vigilant and be protected from market abuse and social injustices.

The speakers were from the Ilagan City Consumer Organization Network Incorporated (ICONInc), Isabela Electric Cooperative II (ISELCO II), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) – Isabela Provincial Office, and DTI Isabela. 

The CEI was conducted on October 20, 2017 at Isabela State University – Echague Campus and was participated by students from the said university. 

Mr. Mark Jayson S. Andes, Administrative Officer II and Mr. Elmer A. Agorto, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist (STIDS) under Consumer Protection Division of DTI Isabela Provincial Office, discussed the overview of the Consumer Welfare Backgrounder of the Consumer Act of the Philippines (RA 7394) and Fair Trade Laws respectively. 

While Ms. Jocelyn N. Laccay and Ms. Joy J. Dyquiatco, members of the board of directors of Ilagan City Consumer Organization Network Incorporated (ICONInc), discussed the consumer’s rights and responsibilities and types of consumers and how to handle consumer complaints correspondingly.

Also, Engr. Magdalena D. Gomez, DICT - Provincial Field Team lead of Quirino and Isabela Provinces, discussed e-commerce.

The second CEI symposium held at Cabisera 8, San Antonio, Ilagan City, Isabela on October 24, 2017 was participated by twenty-seven (27) Punong Barangay of San Antonio Cluster.

Ms. Ma. Luisa Demetria, Chief of Member Service Division of ISELCO II, discussed the overview of power rates, customer standards and the Magna Carta for residential consumers.

DTI Isabela Provincial Office personnel, Ms. Donica Aura C. Calalung, SSF, BUB and Planning Assistant and Mr. Romeo S. Panopio II, Trade and Industry Development Specialist (TIDS) discussed the rights and responsibilities of consumers and types of consumers and how to handle consumer complaint respectively.

Mr. Elmer A. Agorto, discussed the common Fair Trade Laws.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Ines Laggui, president of the ICONInc, expressed her gratitude to public officials for attending and participating in the symposium. She urged the public officials to conduct CEI symposium in their jurisdictions to strengthen consumerism and heighten the awareness of their constituents of their rights and responsibilities.♦

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