Koronadal City, South Cotabato– A junior high school student enrolled at Malungon National High School, Mary Louvelle Frenal, was hailed as the champion in the recently concluded Regional SUPER Consumer Quiz Show 2022 competition hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 12 through its Consumer Protection Division on 26 October 2022 in General Santos City.

The battle of brain competition for junior high school students is conducted yearly by DTI-12 in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) to test the knowledge of students and elicit public interest in consumer rights and responsibilities, and Fair Trade Laws.

Frenal, a Grade 10 student, who was coached by Reynante Vargas,has bested 14 other contestants representing the provinces of Sarangani, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and South Cotabato, and the highly urbanized city of General Santos.

This year’s CWM celebration’s theme “Sustainable Consumerism in the Digital Age” highlights the continued effort of the government to advance the welfare of consumers through consumer protection programs to increase sustainable and mindful shift in consumption, particularly in purchasing goods and services online.

In her message during the culmination program of CWM, DTI-12 OIC-Regional Director Flora Politud-Gabunales emphasized that everybody is a consumer and each one has the responsibility to enfranchise others to be aware of their rights and responsibilities and the observance of sustainable consumption. She also added that the celebration is a reiteration of the agency’s commitment to reinforce the programs and services geared towards the protection of the consumers.

This is the first time that DTI-12 has hosted the competition physically after the two-year hiatus in the conduct of face-to-face activities due to restrictions related to the pandemic.

Landing second in the race is a student from Sultan Kudarat, Alfonso Raphael Maglantay of Notre Dame of Tacurong College – Junior High School with his coach Vladimer Lopez, while Ashley Reeze Advincula of Notre Dame of Marbel University-IBED who was coached by Cinderella Asong claimed the third place.

The quiz was also live-streamed on the fan page of DTI-12 with more than a thousand comments from supporters.

Winners together with their coaches received cash prizes and certificates of recognition and plaques from DTI-12. ♦

Date of Release: 28 October 2022