DavOr, DavOcc win big in DTI event

PUBLIC high schools in Davao Oriental and Davao Occidental emerged as winners of the recently concluded Consumer Welfare Month quiz bee and poster-making contest.

Among the more than 100 participants coming from all over Davao Region, Davao Oriental Regional Science High School emerged as champion of the consumer welfare-related quiz bee spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Nabunturan National Comprehensive High School of Compostela Valley Province placed second, while Talomo National High School of Davao City finished third.

The champion team is composed of Kaila Marie Fajardo, Rosalili Añover and Ric Leinard Queroga, and coach Marilyn Pajaro.

Meanwhile, Eden Grace Razonable of Mariano Peralta National High School of Davao Occidental bested the other artists with the help of coach Daryl L. Escobar.

In the meantime, Julieferd C. Torres of Hagonoy National High School of Davao del Sur came in second with the assistance of coach Jimmy Rey Cabardo, while Joshua Von Anthony Alagon of Montevista National High School-Main made his coach, Marlina Booc, proud by making it to the third place.

Both tilts carried this year’s Consumer Welfare Month celebration theme “Consumer Rights in the Digital Age.” The regional competitions were held at Felcris Centrale Mall in Davao City last October 26 in time for the conduct of the region-wide Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) fair.

DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Ambi said the quiz bee and poster-making contests were really meant to promote consumers who are empowered and responsible.

“We would like to instill in the young minds of our students that they have a number of rights to assert whenever they are unsatisfied with the products or services they have availed of,” she said.

Ambi, however, pointed out that along with these rights, consumers must remember that they have responsibilities as well. They must be critically aware of the use, price and quality of the product or service; initiate action if to ensure they get a fair deal; have social concern and aware of the impact of our consumption on other citizens, especially disadvantaged or powerless group, whether in the local, national or international community; environmentally aware and conscious of their consumption’s consequences; and develop solidarity and organize themselves as a group. (PR)
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