DESPITE the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Central Luzon is all set for the celebration of the upcoming Consumer Welfare Month.
Themed "Sustainable Consumer is the New Normal," the celebration pushes for a wider advocacy in disseminating appropriate and useful information for consumers and the general public on matters that affect them.
The celebration also aims to foster better dialogue and collaboration between and among consumers, businessmen and the government and other stakeholders.
Among the activities that the DTI provincial and regional offices will have for this year are the awarding of DTI Certified Establishments or Bagwis Awards to recognize establishments that are faithfully following consumer laws and supporting consumer rights.
The agency will also hold a series of webinars on consumer-related topics, such as Suggested Retail Prices (SRP), Consumer Complaints Handling, Data Privacy and Security in Cyberspace and Consumer Redress Mechanisms.
Aside from these, the celebration will also include Animated Short film Competitions for youth participants on consumer related topics.
DTI Regional Director Judith Angeles noted that because of the pandemic, physical shooting of actors will be challenging so the DTI decided to have animated films instead.
An "eComics" competition will also be held to harness the creativity and artistry of college student participants who are expected to draw consumer related scenes in e-comics format.
Angeles said they will still continue to hold Diskwento Caravans in all Central Luzon provinces during the Consumer Month to provide affordable basic needs and prime commodities to buyers.
To foster dialogue and collaboration among consumer welfare stakeholders, DTI-Central Luzon is also set to hold a Consumer E-congress to gather these stakeholders online to discuss the "new normal" for consumers.
The Consumer Welfare Month is a yearly celebration held every October based on Presidential Proclamation 1098 signed by President Fidel V. Ramos on July 15, 1992.