Multi-sectoral consumer program in Davao City carried out
by Prix D Banzon
Davao City (4 October) -- As the Davao City celebrates consumer protection week, a concerted effort between multi sectoral groups is being carried more particularly on the advocacy and in the monitoring of the Fair Trade Law.
Davao City councilor and committee chair on trade and commerce Peter Laviņa said the city government supports strongly the consumer education and alert programs.
Laviņa provided P100,000 out of his budget to fund some of the activities like seminars and briefings.
Among others he said is the conduct of seminar for media practitioners to further brief the members in order to improve information dissemination to the general public on Consumer Act and the Price Act.
He said there is also a seminar among officers of Parents Teachers Association (PTA) in selected schools in Davao City to improve awareness/understanding of various laws, issues relevant to consumers.
There is also a Consumer Welfare Seminar for Secondary Schools Teachers with 30 teachers-participants all over Davao Region in order for them to improve knowledge and integrate consumer education in public high school system.
A seminar on Auto LPG for existing and would-be converters, transport operators, the Land Transportation Office and Department of Trade and Industry personnel will be held to promote licensing of conversion centers for proper understanding of PNS 04-1983 (Auto-LPG Cylinder) and PNS 05-1983.
Meanwhile DTI XI assistant regional director Marizon Loreto during Wednesday's Club 888 Forum of The Marco Polo Hotel stressed that they had strengthened their monitoring program.
She said their monitoring has been going on strictly on varied concerns particularly on the implementation of the price tag law and the imposition of the Value Added Tax.
She also said that they conducted actual inspection to check whether products carry the PS mark and the Import Clearance Certificate on mandatory products like construction materials as well as electrical supplies and other related products.
She said the DTI would also check on the truthfulness in advertising saying that they have to determine whether the published ads do not carry information that would confuse the public.
Loreto also said that with the setting up of consumer desk in department stores, they noted a decrease in the number of complaints that reached their office.
She said the help assistance desk set up in the malls is their way of supporting consumers so that when they encounter complaints related to product quality and others their complaint can immediately be addressed.
On the other hand Loreto said that in time for the Consumer Week celebration the DTI will be awarding to deserving establishment the "Certified Excellent Seal" as the government's way of recognizing the establishments upholding consumer protection.
The Consumer Fair on October 4 to 6, 2007 at the Atrium of Gaisano Mall in Davao carries the theme "Safe and Healthy Lifestyles" where 27 exhibitors region-wide will feature products among others on health food, alternative/herbal medicine, organic products, weighing scales, products under mandatory certification, etc. (PIA XI) [top]