Friday, December 12, 2014

94 consumer complaints resolved through mediation

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 12 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office (DTI-ADN) has resolved 94 consumer complaints filed with the office from January to November 2014 through the effective conduct of mediation conferences in accordance with DTI Department Administrative Order No. 05 Series of 2007 implementing the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 2004 (RA 9285).

Records show that around 90% of complaints filed for the period were successfully mediated.

Most of the complaints involved defective products and warranties while some involved repair services, price tag violation, deceptive and unconscionable sales acts and senior citizens discounts, among others.

The DTI highlighted the benefits of mediation as a means of speedily resolving consumer complaints whereby mediation shall be completed no later than ten days from the filing of complaint.  This is in support to the implementation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

DTI is one of the agencies mandated to implement the Consumer Act. Other implementing agencies include the Department of Health-Food and Drug Administration for food, drugs, cosmetics and devices; the Department of Agriculture for agricultural products; and Local Treasurer’s Office for weights and measures. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


LPCC, DTI keep a close watch on prices of commodities this Christmas season

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 12 (PIA) - In order to keep track of the price situation of basic necessities and prime commodities this Christmas season, the City Local Price Coordinating Council (Butuan City LPCC) keeps a close watch of the movement of prices of basic necessities and prime commodities in the city.

This started with the conduct of Bantay Presyo on November 6, 2014 to check on prices of such commodities as consumers gear towards increased shopping activities in the upcoming Christmas season.

Participated in by representatives of DTI, DA, DOH, DENR/City ENRO, NFA, DOJ, PNP, and office of the City Treasurer, City Agriculture, City Health and City Licensing, and the Butuanong Konsumador, the Bantay Presyo covered the three major public markets located in barangays Langihan, Libertad and Ampayon as well as leading supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores throughout the city.

In addition to the monitoring of prices, the activity also included the checking of weighing scales at the different business establishments.

Butuan LPCC further required all concerned implementing agencies to submit a weekly price monitoring reports to the council.

Under the leadership of city mayor and LPCC chairman Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., the Butuan LPCC has been consistently doing consumer protection activities in the city.  On top of the quarterly conduct of Bantay Presyo operations, the Butuan LPCC also meets regularly every quarter to assess the price and supply situation of basic necessities and prime commodities and implement interventions when necessary.

As provided under the Price Act of the Philippines (RA 7581), LPCCs are mandated to coordinate the implementation of price and supply stabilization programs of basic and prime commodities at the local levels.  DTI also conducts separate monitoring on prices and supply of noche buena products.

Further, as provided in the Price Act, DTI serves as the vice-chair in the LPCCs. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Military says Dinagat Islands 'insurgency-free'

By Jane A. Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Dec. 12 (PIA) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has declared the province of Dinagat Islands as rebel-free.

The announcement was made during the recently held Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting here.

402nd Brigade commander B/Gen. Jonathan Ponce explained that the province was declared as “insurgency-free province” due to zero presence of elements from the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army and National Democratic Fronts (CPP-NPA-NDF) in the province.

Ponce also declared the province as "Ready for Development Status" which means that the province has now the privilege to receive developmental assistance from the national government through the Philippine Army.

In relation to this, the province was already allocated P3 billion from the national government for road network project and soon to be downloaded to the province to be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Caraga celebrates men’s day

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 12 (PIA) - Hundreds of men from the different sectors in the region came to witness the launching of the first ever International Men’s Day (IMD) celebration in Caraga Region.

The celebration was launched after the Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) approved the call spearheaded by the Commission on Population (PopCom) for the declaration of November 19, 2014 and every year thereafter as International Men’s Day with the passage of RDC ExeCom Resolution No. 6, series of 2014.

PopCom Caraga led the various activities by merging the central theme of the IMD celebration with that of the advocacy of the agency as concretized in the Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Kalusugan ng Ina at Pamilya (KATROPA) Modules.

PopCom executive director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III, as he graced the event, revealed that the activity was created to give importance to the role of each man/father in his family and even to the community where he lives. Perez, further said that men should be responsible in his role especially in Family Planning. He emphasized the shared responsibility of the husband and wife to determine and achieve their desired timing, spacing, and number of children according to their own family life aspirations, taking into account psychological preparedness, health status, and their socio-cultural and economic capacities.

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano encouraged all men, regardless of age and state in life, to actively support and adhere in Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Family Planning. The PopCom official also hoped that through said event, the increasing issue on Violence Against Women and Children will be totally reduced.

The activity was supported by various groups in the community such as Barangay Officials of this city, LGU Butuan, government line agencies - the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Labor Relation Commission (NLRC), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA); law enforcement agencies – Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the like. (PopCom-13/PIA-Caraga)


DTI to conduct 'Diskwento Caravan' in Surigao Norte town anew

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Dec. 12 (PIA) – Just in time for the Christmas Season, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Surigao del Norte Provincial Office will again be conducting a three-day “Diskwento Caravan” in Poblacion, Barangay Tayaga, Claver this province on December 13-15, 2014.

The activity aims to help ease the significant spending requirement for food and help the consuming public reduce their expenditures during this period of festivities.

During the three-day activity, basic necessities and prime commodities will be sold at discounted prices.

Among the products that will be sold in the caravan are food products such as noodles, sardines, beef loaf, corned beef, soy sauce, milk, cheese, margarine, bread, cooking oil, biscuits, sugar and coffee.

Also available are varieties of laundry soaps, fabric conditioner, shampoo, diapers and other grocery items of famous brands.

The following local and regional distributors and dealers of manufactured goods are expected to participate in the Caravan with their items displayed and sold to the buying public at discounted prices are Oro Grande Distributors, Inc.; Extract Sales, Inc.; Sun Pride Foods, Inc.; Marjeck; D’Best Value; Golden Century Marketing; Philippines Spring Water Resources, Inc.; Field Activation Merchandising; and Absolute Essential Traders, Inc.

Residents in the barangays of Claver and Giqaquit are encouraged to avail of these opportunities for them to make the best value of their money and save in their purchases.  Barangay officials and community leaders are requested to disseminate this information to help their respective constituents be able to buy low cost basic commodities and grocery items.


For more information on this activity, interested parties are advised to contact Josephine D. Gabutin at cellular number 09195971199 or just visit the DTI’s office located at the 2nd Floor of Simtoco Building, Burgos Street, this city. (SDR/PIO-DTI Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)