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Students host Consumer Awareness Seminar

San Jose, Antique (20 October) -- The Junior Marketer's Society (JMS), a school-based consumer organization composed of Business Education students of Polytechnic State College of Antique (PSCA) in Sibalom sponsored a Consumer Awareness Seminar to step up public awareness on consumer rights and responsibilities.

Harly R. Tadi, President, JMS, during the opening program challenged his fellow students to learn from the discussions of the speaker and become a well informed and vigilant consumer.

Since the focus of this year's Consumer Welfare Month celebration is on Generic Drugs, Irene Duldoco of the Provincial Health Office discussed the Generic Drugs Act and the Cheaper Medicines Act as a government's response to the problem of inadequate provision of good quality essential drugs to the people. She emphasized consumers must ask the pharmacist for information of generic names and comparative prices of various medicines.

The topic correlates with this year's theme: "Gawang Pinoy, Galing Pinoy! Tangkilikin Natin".

Lynna Joy B. Cardinal, Trade and Industry Development Specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), talked about the Eight Basic Consumer Rights. Consumers can get the best value for their hard-earned money if they assert their rights to their basic needs, safety, information, choice, education, representation, redress and healthy environment.

For right to healthy environment, Josephine Maguad, Environment Management Protection Provincial Staff of DENR discussed about Global Warming and Climate Change. Human activities that alter the composition of the atmosphere directly results to climate change. Consumers, who have the right to a healthy environment must be the ones to protect it. Everyone is encouraged to save electricity, plant trees, recycle and reduce the use of non-renewable sources of energy.

On the other hand, Nancy Montecastro, Engr. Larry Bolivar and May Jane Plameras of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist shared to the participants the program and thrusts of the Department of Agriculture which are, Organic Agriculture and Malunggay Technology, respectively. Food as a basic need must be readily available. It was emphasized that the best source of organic products is right in our own garden.

Gladys Gallano, Administrative and Information Officer of NFA Antique gave the overview of the Philippine Grains Standardization Program, NFA Rice Procurement and Distribution Programs. With these programs, consumers are assured of stable supply and good quality of rice and can exercise their power of choice.

The convergence of different agencies in disseminating information of major concerns to consumers is a continuing activity being facilitated by DTI to provide knowledge and awareness to consumers which are necessary for better decision making, critical choices and asserting of rights. (PIA/DTI) [top]

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