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Monday, March 23, 2015

Zamboanga Sibugay Province Consumer Network organized

By Alma L. Tingcang

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently spearheaded the organization of Zamboanga Sibugay Province Consumer Network (ConsumerNet) on March 19, 2015 at Sibugay Grand Plaza Hotel here.

Engr. Al-Zamir I. Lipae, officer-in-charge of DTI-Sibugay welcomed the participants from the national government agencies, local government units and other stakeholders to the meeting.

“In the upcoming meetings, we will be joined by other consumer groups because we will organize a ConsumerNet in the different municipalities,” Lipae announced.

He urged the participants to ask about consumerism and take advantage of the presence of Chief Trade and Industry Development Specialist Ceferino J. Rubio of the Consumer Protection Division of DTI-9.

Rubio discussed the operationalization of ConsumerNet in Zamboanga Sibugay and gave a brief background information on RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines and the Price Act of the Philippines (RA 7581), an act providing protection to consumers by stabilizing the prizes of basic commodities and by prescribing measures against undue price increases during emergency situations and like occasions.

“ConsumerNet aims to institutionalize networking among consumer-oriented agencies; facilitate the flow of consumer protection information; provide speedy resolution of consumer complaints; and enhance continued support and cooperation among member agencies,” Rubio emphasized.

Engr. Samuel V. Delos Reyes of DTI-Sibugay presented a draft memorandum of agreement (MOA) to the participants which, when finalized, will be signed by all member agencies with DTI acting as secretariat.

Elected chairman of  Zamboanga Sibugay ConsumerNet was Mr. Herman B. Agpawa of ZAMSURECO II with Mr. Edgardo Balboa of LGU Kabasalan as  vice chairman.