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Simple celebration held for Consumer Welfare Month in Abra

Bangued, Abra (24 October) -- The celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry was carried out with simplicity and austerity due to the recent typhoons "Ondoy" and "Pepeng" that hit the country and wrought havoc to many.

The celebration was highlighted with the conduct of a provincial quiz bee and extemporaneous speech contests on October 19 at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Generic Drugs: Gawang Pinoy! Galing Pinoy! Tangkilikin Natin!" and chaired by the Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD).

The same theme was the focus of the topic of the extemporaneous speech of the winner, Michelle Acsosta, a MassCom student of the Abra Valley Colleges when she spoke of her assessment of the government program on disaster planning, preparedness and control action for rescue, evacuation, relief and rehabilitation of victims of calamities.

"The purchase of low-cost generic drugs allows government to save its funds that could be utilized for other basic necessities and needs like food and clothing and for related activities before, during and after calamities., she said.

Acosta will represent Abra in the regional competition in Baguio City on October 28, 2009.

Second and third prizes were garnered by Nataha Arianne Ciano of the Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology – Bangued Campus, and James John Abalos of the Divine Word College of Bangued, respectively.

The board of judges was chaired by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Godofredo Gasa, Assistant Division Schools Superintendent Dr. Francis Bringas, and Dr. Maritess Benas, manager of the Philippine Information Agency.

On the other hand, the quiz bee was participated by the students from the different national high schools in Abra.

The winners were: First Prize – Melanie Berame of the Rosalio Eduarte National High School of Talogtog, Dolores; Second Prize – Elaine Badac of Manabo National High School of Manabo; and Third Prize – Doughminn Jeff Acnam of Northern Abra National High School of Danglas.

Cash prizes for both contest categories were P3,000 for the first prize; P2,000 for the second prize; and P1,000 for third prize. DTI-CAR will provide the cash prizes including the certificates of recognition for their and their coaches' participation to the event.

DTI-Abra Provincial Caretaker Arell Banez explained that the recent typhoon "Pepeng" that badly hit Benguet and the City of Baguio was the reason why the prizes were not made available at the time of the conduct of the contest. But, he assured the participants that the checks will be awarded in the name of winners themselves shortly after the event. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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