Saturday, March 24, 2018

Barangays To DTI: “Dili Tanan Inyoha”

(Wednesday, 8th day of March 2017)


Traditional perception by consumers is that all consumer products, from sardines to rice to medicines to sugar to edible oil to charcoal, to petroleum fuel and even copra and aqua-marine foodstuffs are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Recently, with the holding of Consumer Education Seminars in urban and rural communities for years now, barangay constituents gamely told DTI, “Dili Tanan Inyoha”. Indeed. The connotation surfaced after the Department of Trade and Industry – Lanao del Norte Provincial Office regularly conducts Barangay Consumer Education Seminar in the City of Iligan and in the Province of Lanao del Norte as part of the Barangay Awareness-Raising Campaign for Consumer Empowerment or BARCCE. A three-hour undertaking, the said seminar basically discusses the Eight Consumer Rights and Five Consumer Responsibilities, Salient Features of the Consumer Act of the Philippines and Price Act, and Handling Own Consumer Complaint. In reference to Republic Act 10623, or the Act amending RA 7581 (Price Act), it stipulates that there are five Implementing Agencies (IAs) involved in providing protection to consumers by stabilizing the prices and supply of basic necessities and prime commodities, and by prescribing measures against undue price increases especially during emergency situations and like occasions. And these are DTI, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Energy (DOE). Products under DTI’s watch for basic necessities are canned sardines, processed milk, bread, instant noodles, bottled water, coffee, detergents/laundry soap, iodized salt, and candles. Prime commodities include flour, processed and canned pork/beef, condiments, toilet soap, batteries, cement, GI sheets, nails, electrical and school supplies. Under the DA are rice, corn, vegetables, beef and poultry meat, eggs, sugar, edible oil, copra, spices, fertilizers, pesticides, feeds, and fresh dairy products. While the DENR handles plywood, charcoal, firewood, nipa shingles and sawali, the DOE takes care of kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). And under DOH are drugs classified as essential and non-essential.


– – – Angelo A. Devero / STIDS