Mt Province forms consumer affairs committee
by Juliet Saley
BONTOC, Mt. Province (9 October) -- The provincial Consumer Affairs Committee was recently organized as a standing committee of the Mt. Province Peace and Order Council (PPOC) to protect consumers against deceptive, unfair and unconscionable sales acts and practices.
The provincial governor and chairman of the Mt. Province PPOC Gov. Maximo B. Dalog issued on September 15, 2006 Administrative Order No. 19,S.2006 creating said committee.
Juliet Lucas, Provincial Caretaker of DTI-Mt. Province during one of the PPOC meetings requested the body for the formation of the Consumer Affairs Committee as one of the standing committee of the PPOC following complaints mostly on prices of various goods and products which are beyond the powers and responsibility of DTI.
She clarified that price monitoring is not the responsibility of DTI alone. She explained that the monitoring of essential drugs and agricultural products are the tasks of the Department of Health and Department of Agriculture respectively. She also cited complaints on the excessive increase in the price of fuel which DTI cannot do anything because of it is the concern of the Energy Regulatory Board.
Because of this and with the increasing number of business in the province including ambulant traders from businesses within and outside the area, the PPOC saw the need for agencies concerned to coordinate with each other and present as one body in addressing such concerns.
The Mt. Province Consumer Affairs Committee is composed of the DTI, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Provincial Health Office, National Food Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education and DWFR-Radyo ng Bayan-Bontoc.
The committee aims for the protection of consumers against hazards to health and safety; provision of information and education to facilitate sound choice and the proper exercise of rights by the consumer; provision of adequate rights and means of redress; and involvement of consumer representative in the formulation of social and economic policies. (PIA-MP) [top]