DTI re­minds con­sumers of rights in on­line trans­ac­tions

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business - By Jo Ann Sablad

THE De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) is lead­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of Con­sumer Wel­fare Month (CWM), high­light­ing the rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of con­sumers even as more and more are opt­ing to pay for goods and ser­vices through dig­i­tal trans­ac­tions.

Lawyer Fel Lester Bril­lantes, chief of the Con­sumer Wel­fare Pro­tec­tion Di­vi­sion of DTI-North­ern Min­danao, said this year’s theme, ‘Con­sumer Rights in the Dig­i­tal Age,’ was adapted from Con­sumers In­ter­na­tional, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in Lon­don that em­pow­ers and cham­pi­ons the rights of con­sumers world­wide.

Bril­lantes said the theme is geared to­ward in­form­ing con­sumers of their rights, es­pe­cially in on­line pur­chas­ing.

“Con­sid­er­ing that ang con­sumer trans­ac­tion karon (nowa­days) is no longer phys­i­cal but more and more go­ing on­line,” Bril­lantes added.

Bril­lantes also re­minded con­sumers to take ex­tra care when pur­chas­ing on­line, con­sid­er­ing that there are sites used by scam­mers.

He ad­vised the con­sumers to do back­ground checks be­fore plac­ing credit card num­bers or leav­ing money and to counter check the re­li­a­bil­ity of web­sites or sell­ers.

“As con­sumers, da­pat gyud ex­er­cise dili­gence,” Bril­lantes said.

The Con­sumers Wel­fare Month cel­e­bra­tion be­gan on October 1 with a Fun Run in Camigiun, Bukid­non and Misamis Oc­ci­den­tal, fol­lowed by a mo­tor­cade in Ili­gan City the next day and a me­dia TV guest­ing on October 3.

On October 5, a Con­sumer Ad­vo­cacy Fair Trade Law brief­ing, which will be held in Ili­gan City, will be par­tic­i­pated by re­tail­ers, stu­dents, peo­ple in the academe and con­sumer or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Bril­lantes said they will be briefed about the fair trade laws, rules and reg­u­la­tions.

‘Rela­cade,’ a mo­tor­cade of mo­tore­las (mo­tor­ized tri­cy­cle), will also run on the same day in Ili­gan City.

The Re­gional Eval­u­a­tion for Bag­wis Awardees will be on October 6 while the Bag­wis Award­ing will be on October 27.

The Bag­wis Pro­gram is about giv­ing due recog­ni­tion to es­tab­lish­ments that up­hold rights of con­sumers while prac­tic­ing re­spon­si­ble busi­ness where con­sumers get the best value for money.

Du­laang Pang­mamim­ili, a new ac­tiv­ity added to this year’s CWM, is a play about con­sumer rights par­tic­i­pated by high school stu­dents in each province in North­ern Min­danao. It will be con­ducted in Lanao del Norte on October 17, Misamis Ori­en­tal on October 18, Misamis Oc­ci­den­tal on October 19, and Bukid­non on October 20.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties within the month are: Diskwento Car­a­van in Oro­qui­eta on October 7; Pro­vin­cial Quiz Bowl in Bukid­non, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Ori­en­tal on October 10 and 11; Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Brief­ing in Ili­gan City on October 12; Barangay Aware­ness Rais­ing Cam­paigns for Con­sumer Em­pow­er­ment on October 21; Re­gional Quiz Bowl on October 24; Con­sumer Quiz for Mar­ket Ven­dors on October 26; Bag­wis Award­ing on October 27; Stan­dard­iza­tion and Con­form­ity As­sess­ment Brief­ing on October 30; and Fair Trade Law Mon­i­tor­ing and En­force­ment on October 31.

The month of October was de­clared as Con­sumer Wel­fare Month un­der the Procla­ma­tion No. 1098, which was signed on Septem­ber 26, 1997 by former Pres­i­dent Fidel Ramos.

Bangko Sen­tral ng Pilip­inas hosted last year’s the Con­sumer Wel­fare Month cel­e­bra­tion.

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