KORONADAL CITY, 15 March – The Department of Trade and Industry- Region 12 (DTI-12)  spearheads in Region 12 the celebration of the World Consumer Rights Day.

The World Consumer Rights Day is an annual event dedicated to emphasizing the basic rights of consumers to a fair, safe, and sustainable marketplace. 

For this year, the theme of the celebration is “Tackling Plastic Pollution,” which stresses the impact of global plastic on the environment, with the 7 Rs Model of Waste Management (replace, rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and repair) serving as the key paradigm in combating the said pollution.

A series of virtual and face-to-face activities for the entire week was lined up by DTI-12 in the different provinces and key cities of the region focusing on the practical actions in addressing plastic pollution.

To jumpstart the celebration, DTI-12 conducted a regionwide webinar entitled “Plastikan: Tackling Plastic Pollution” to raise awareness on the vital impact of improper waste disposal and management.

The activity was carried in partnership with the Environment Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR) – Region 12.

In his message to the participants, Jude Constantine S. Jaugan, Regional Director of DTI-12, said that the conduct of the activities is to provide awareness in achieving the collective goal of reducing plastic pollution.

“We are gathered to learn more on how we can play our part to achieve the collective goal of battling plastic pollution,” said Jaugan.

Jaugan urged the participants to be more conscious of the products they are purchasing and the subsequent effects on the environment. In the 2016 data of World Bank, there is a global plastic waste of 242 million tons or about 12% of all the municipal global waste. ♦

Date of Release: 17 March 2021