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PIA Press Release
2006/10/09

ConsumerNet conducts monitoring and advocacy activities

Baguio City (9 October) -- The Ifugao Consumer Network has intensified its plans to protect the welfare of consumers in observance of October as Consumer Welfare Month.

In line with the theme "Enforcing Consumer Rights towards a progressive Philippines", the group will conduct massive information campaign on the rights of consumers to the different schools and municipalities of the province. The celebration will be culminated on October 25 at the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (ISCAF) with a forum for all students of the said school.

Aside from the information advocacy campaign, the group will also conduct monitoring in the different markets and establishments of the province to ensure that establishments are complying with the Consumer Welfare Act that the government is pushing especially on prices of the different basic commodities.

The Consumer Network also scheduled an action planning to strategize all activities to be undertaken for the following year followed by a training on Handling Consumers Complaint.

Meanwhile, the P2/kg price cut on the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) was implemented in Abra immediately.

The Abra Consumer Net chaired by Board member James B. Bersamin has conducted massive information dissemination to the dealers of LPG and the consumers regarding the implementation of the P2.00/kg price rollback.

In order to ensure the implementation of the LPG price rollback, the DTI together with the members of the Consumer Net continue to conduct their regular price monitoring in all the gasoline stations in Bangued and the dealers of LPG in the province.

Monitoring the gas and oil dealers is not within the jurisdiction of the DTI but since there is no representative from the Department of Energy assigned in the province, the group took the task in order to ensure consumer protection and because there is to perform the task.

In an interview with some of the consumers and dealers of LPG in Bangued, they have expressed positive remarks regarding the price cut and expressed hopes that the price would be stabilized in the future.

Bersamin explained that the P2/kg price cut in LPG is just one of the many factors that led to the stable Peso getting stronger and stronger. If the strength of the peso continues to grow, then, the economy will become more investment-friendly as business confidence will be established. If this is sustained, the gains of macro economic development will trickle down to the grassroots. And consequently bring back the trust and confidence of the people in the government. (PIA) [top]

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