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PIA Press Release
2009/10/05

Consumer Welfare Month celebration focuses on health, says DTI Iligan chief

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (5 October) -- With the theme, "Generic Drugs: Gawang Pinoy! Galing Pinoy! Tangkilikin Natin," the country once again celebrates Consumer Welfare Month this October.

Provincial Director Ruel B. Paclipan of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Iligan City / Lanao del Norte said that the theme is anchored on the key policy area of the national government to protect public health and to adopt appropriate measures to promote and ensure access to affordable quality drugs and medicines for all.

This year, the National Consumers Affairs Council has passed the torch of chairmanship to the Department of Health (DOH), citing the department's role as crucial in the implementation and enforcement of the Consumer Act.

"Several health-related laws and issues plaguing the country has a great impact on consumers," said the DTI chief.

Meanwhile, Iligan's celebration on the Consumer Welfare Month will kick-off on October 5, during the Monday flag raising ceremony of the city government employees at the Anahaw amphitheatre, City Hall, with a brief message by City Health Officer Livey H. Villarin on generic drugs.

Highlighting the celebration will be the Generic Drugs Forum on October 7, spearheaded by the City Health Office, in coordination with the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD), region 10.

The venue will be at the 3rd Floor, Market Office, Aguinaldo Street, this city.

Meanwhile, the forum will answer related consumer and health issues on Generic Drugs, Cheaper Medicine Act, Expanded Senior Citizen Act, and other related health updates, as well as the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

Other activities lined-up for this month include the Consumer Quiz Bee; information dissemination on various Fair Trade Laws; briefings and seminars to various sectoral groups; market visits; enforcement activities; and radio guesting interviews.

"All these activities are coordinated by our Department, in tandem with the Local Price Coordinating Council of Iligan City (LPCC), as part of the government's commitment to protect the welfare and safety of consumers through continued consumer education program," concluded Paclipan. (PIA Lanao del Norte) [top]

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