THE Department of Trade and Industry in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-Armm) is conducting a series of activities in line with the celebration of the 2016 Consumer Welfare Month (CWM).
DTI-Armm Secretary Anwar Malang said the celebration of CWM aimed to promote consumer empowerment and cooperate with various stakeholders to ensure that consumers are well educated and protected.
Malang said they conducted Consumer Forum on Malnutrition Awareness on Wednesday, in Cotabato City, which was attended by government officials, academe and business sectors of Armm.
The forum focused on the nutritional status of Armm residents and the government’s intervention and programs, consumer protection, rights and responsibilities, and financial literacy.
Mary Ann Morales, chief of consumer public awareness bureau of DTI- Soccsksargen, discussed topics about consumer protection, consumer rights and responsibilities, and Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.
Morales said informing and involving consumers are ways to ensure the consumer’s protection and promoting consumer welfare.
Malang said the other activities this month will included Diskwento Caravan in Basilan, Consumer Education and Information in the province of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and Provincial Monitoring of Enforcement of Fair Trade Laws.
A cooking contest and installation of Timbangan ng Bayan will also take place in key towns in the region.
The CWM is observed in October annually pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 1098.
This year’s CMW celebration in anchored on the theme “Consumer Protection: A Shared Responsibility.” (Sunnex)