BUTUAN CITY, Sept.25 -- The Department of Health (DOH) will take the front act as the lead agency of this year's Consumer Welfare Month Celebration.
This year’s theme, "Health Product Quality, Efficacy, Safety & Transparency - Everybody's Concern," hopes to increase consumer vigilance in the purchase and use of health products currently thriving in the market.
Caraga region is now preparing for the various consumer-related activities that will be undertaken during the month-long celebration this coming October.
As kick-off, DOH, together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the other members of the ConsumerNet-Caraga, is co-organizing with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), National Statistics Office (NSO) and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) a joint opening ceremony on October 1.
The "unified" opening will be held for the Consumer Welfare Month, Statistics Month and the Cooperative Month – which are all celebrated in the month of October.
It is planned to start with a 5 am Holy Mass at the St. Joseph Cathedral. This will be followed by a Fun Walk from the Guingona Park to the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol grounds, a short opening program, Zumba Dance Exercise, and finally a "Budol" Feast.
The ConsumerNet-Caraga, which is a network of consumer-oriented government agencies and service utility companies that facilitates the flow of information and speedy resolution of consumer complaints, will also be conducting two "ConsumerNet Meets the Public" fora.
The first session will focus on DOH Policy Dissemination and Advocacy and the 2nd will be set as a Power and Water Forum.
The two fora, schedules of which will be announced soon, are planned to give consumers and the general public the opportunity to directly ask concerned agencies their pressing concerns.
The month-long celebration will culminate on October 30 with a Regional Consumer Quiz Bowl, an annual competition among fourth-year high school students across the regions representing each schools divisions in a battle of wits and knowledge on consumer welfare and protection. (NCLM/Billy A. General, DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)