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DAVAO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 11 is set to bring consumer welfare and protection initiatives to a higher level as it lines up several activities for this year’s celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month in October.  

This year’s activities are anchored on the theme “Sustainable Consumer in the New Normal”. This means that DTI will give emphasis on the calls for responsible recovery of the various economic sectors while integrating sustainability in the formation of new norms.  

This month-long celebration aims to enhance consumer awareness by disseminating relevant information, policies, and programs to both public and private sectors. This is likewise geared towards the promotion of consumer welfare and fostering better dialogue and collaboration between and among consumers, business people, government, and other stakeholders. 

Among the highlights of the celebration are the competitions on Digital e-Comics and Spoken Poetry Making. Both of these tilts seek to harness the creativity and artistry of the college students.  

Aside from these contests, there will be other activities as well, to wit: consumer education and advocacy seminars; media guestings; distribution of consumer-related of information materials with health kits; signing of a memorandum of understanding/agreement with private business organizations; painting of the consumer info graffiti wall, Presyo Diskwento Caravans; among others. These will be conducted throughout Davao Region. 

Meanwhile, one of DTI’s bureaus, the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau will host the Consumer Well Fair Virtual ZOOMba and Virtual Consumer e-Congress.  

DTI-11 Regional Director Maria Belenda Q.  Ambi encouraged everyone to take part in the activities suited for them.  

“Everyone is a consumer. Therefore, consumer welfare and protection-related discussions matter to us.  We assure you that by joining you will learn a thing or two, particularly on how to protect your rights. Also, the activities will give you the opportunity to know the responsibilities of a consumer,” she said. 

Ambi is optimistic about the success of the lined-up activities.  

“Amid the pandemic, we want to educate more consumers. We want them to be proactive, responsible, and informed consumers by adapting to the new normal platforms. Of course, let us not forget the minimum health protocols while conducting these activities,” she said. 

This annual celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month is based on Presidential Proclamation No. 1098, series of 1997, which cited DTI as the lead agency.  

Interested students and consumers may visit the Facebook page DTI Region 11 or contact the landline number (082) 224-0511 for the mechanics and other information about the said contests and activities.♦

Date of Release: 30 September 2020