In a concerted effort to strengthen the mechanisms ensuring fair prices and stable supply chains, the Local Price Coordinating Councils (LPCCs) of the various municipalities of Quirino Province recently underwent comprehensive capacity development sessions on 23-26 April 2024. Facilitated by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 2 (DTI R2) – Quirino Provincial Office in collaboration with the Provincial and Municipal Local Government Units (LGUs), the initiative aimed to equip and empower the LPCCs as a potent platform to build a Consumer -Friendly LGUs.

The series of capacity-building sessions brought together representatives of LPCCs in their respective municipalities. These sessions were tailored to provide insights into market dynamics, pricing mechanisms, regulatory frameworks, and strategies for mitigating price movements. Moreover, emphasis was placed on fostering collaboration among the LPCC members to ensure cohesive and timely responses to consumer concerns.

In one of her messages, Provincial Director Mary Ann C. Dy, highlighted the significance of the CapDev, stating, “These sessions are instrumental in enhancing our understanding of the needs of our constituents as well as the different regulatory processes. We must be well-equipped to address issues related to the price and supply situation of the different commodities, as well as other consumer concerns.”

Division Chief of Consumer Protection Division (CPD) Regional Office, Atty. Cyrus I. Restauro, led the discussions, highlighting the collaborative nature of the endeavor. He discussed the Legal Bases of LPCC, its Composition, Duties and Responsibilities, Powers and Functions, and Measures to undertake during Emergency Situations.

PD Dy and TIDS Dominic T. Salvador likewise presented several Programs Activities and Projects (PAPs) for the different municipalities to adopt such as the Enactment of Price Tag Ordinance, Institutionalization of the Price and Supply Database, Regular updating of the Price Information Boards, Sealing and Testing of Weights and Measures, and Conduct of Regular Inspection, and the Establishment of Timbangan ng Bayan.

These collaborative undertakings are necessary to foster a consumer-friendly LGU by protecting the interests of Quirinians within their respective municipalities.

By prioritizing consumer rights, implementing measures to ensure fair pricing and quality products or services, while also providing accessible venues for addressing consumer concerns underscores the dedication of LGUs to serving the needs of their Kailyans. ♦

Date of release: 06 May 2024