The Department of Trade and Industry, through its Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG), spearheads the annual celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) this October with various activities lined up.
“Digital Consumers: The New Normal” is this year’s theme, and it highlights the government’s continued consumer protection programs in today’s heightened utilization of electronic commerce.
“We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating CWM by participating in our virtual activities and assisting us share DTI’s programs for the consumers,” says DTI-CPG Undersecretary Atty. Ruth Castelo.
To kick-off the month-long celebration, the Consumer Policy and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) held another virtual dance and fitness class, dubbed as “Consumer Welfare Zumba” last October 1.
The CPAB enlisted the help of the National Telecommunications Commission to broadcast information relative to the CWM celebration via public service announcements through text message to further promote DTI’s CWM activities.
Furthermore, the DTI continues to hold throughout the month in the NCR the Presyong Risonable Dapat Program – Frozen Meat Edition and the CWM Diskwento Caravan.
From October 19-21, the CPAB will hold a CWM Online Sale.
In addition, from October 19-21, the CPAB plans to hold a CWM Online Sale, where discounted goods will be available to the public via participating manufacturers’ websites.
Other activities include the conduct 4th Consumer Youth e-Forum on October 20 to equip the youth with the knowledge to understand and maximize the opportunities in e-Commerce and enable them with the tools to help them overcome the challenges and risks they may face as young entrepreneurs and consumers.
The Bagwis E-Convention will also be conducted on October 22 during which the CPAB will recognize the 2020-2021 Bagwis Awardees for the Bronze, Silver, or Gold levels for NCR and will present the proposed revisions on the Bagwis Award Implementing Guidelines.
This year, the CPAB is also set to organize a Debate E-Tournament among college students on October 24.
The Philippines is the first country in ASEAN to undertake peer review.
A key activity is the National Conference for the ASEAN Peer Review on Consumer Protection in the Philippines which will take place on October 18 to present the key findings of the External Peer Review Report on the country’s consumer policy formulation, advocacy, monitoring and enforcement, and redress. The Philippines is the first country in ASEAN to undertake peer review.
Another key event is the Consumer E-Congress on October 29 which aims to bring together consumer champions and stakeholders from across the country for a virtual discussion of topics that will raise awareness on consumer protection in the digital economy.
Meanwhile, aside from the CWM Celebration, the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) is set to observe the 47th National Standards Week from October 8-14 with the theme, “Shared Vision for a Better World”.
On October 11, the BPS will have its “Kapihan sa BPS,” an interactive question-and-answer session with the Standards Conformity Division Heads. Other activities include the BPS Testing Laboratory Tour via Zoom and the annual Standards Stakeholders Conference, among others.
Meanwhile the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau is set to hold an IREGIS E-Rollout and E-TANONG/E-SAGOT @ DTI during the last week of October 2021.