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Consumernet eyes expanded services for consumer welfare

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (4 July) -- The Consumer Network (Consumer Net) in Negros Oriental will meet on July 7, 2008 to work on ways on how the network can expand its services in addressing consumers concerns in the province.

The 22-member Consumer Net was formed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here and launched in 2000.

The network, composed of representatives from government agencies, have addressed various consumer concerns and conducted vital information drive relative to its services to the public since it was launched, according to DTI Provincial Director Javier Fortunato.

Through Consumer Net, the Central Bank here conducted a seminar on the identification of fake bills with participants from treasurer's office and collecting officers provincewide, while the City Veterinary Office also held a seminar on rabies vaccine and programs on meat inspection.

DTI, said Javier, also facilitated the redress and resolution of consumer complaints at different levels.

The department has tapped the services of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC Region 7) in assisting cellphone users who were victimized by the proliferating text scam and text spam messages.

Javier noted that the said activities were successful due to the effort and cooperation of Consumer Net members.

Recently, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap assured consumers of a steady food supply during his two-day inspection trip to the Panay provinces of Iloilo, Capiz and Aklan last week.

Yap said this was directed by President Arroyo herself, ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to further increase its injections in the local markets of state-subsidized rice selling for P18.25 and P25 a kilo, as a way to stabilize the supply and retail prices of the staple food.

Industry inventories in Western Visayas total 2.748 million bags or 137,438, which is equivalent to a supply for 46 days at a daily consumption rate average of 60,179 bags or 3,009 metric tons (MT) in the region. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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