DTI urges schools to strengthen consumer’s organizations

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Sept. 23 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here is urging schools to strengthen consumer’s organizations which are composed mostly of students.

DTI said that consumer’s organizations will help students become wise buyers and advocates of fair trade acts and programs of the government intended to help the public become informed consumers.

DTI information officer Ruby Milleza said that the department hoped that universities in the region would support the creation of consumer’s organizations. These organizations become partners of the DTI in its advocacy of consumer rights.

Recently, DTI was joined by the Junior Marketers Society of the University of Antique in their market visits and inspection as part of the schools program on consumerism.

Glen Fernando and Joy Cardinal of the consumer welfare office of DTI in Antique showed the students how to check product labels, prices, contents and quality markings.

They also explained the importance of a consumer information and complaint desk as well as what to do regarding substandard products.

The DTI also accompanied the students in their visits to public markets, business establishments and meeting with consumers groups. The purpose is to strictly implement the compliance of various trade fair laws to all seller, traders and stores, said Cardinal.

The Junior Marketers Society of the University of Antique also assisted the DTI by holding consumer forums and symposiums in their campus. Part of the activity is to campaign for consumer welfare act and other programs of the DTI among students, and stakeholders.

DTI Antique provincial director Jose Divinagracia said they are also hoping that more schools will cooperate in the province. (PNA) LAP/AJP/LPCarnaje

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