NATIONAL CONSUMER WELFARE MONTH OBSERVANCE IN BOHOL.THANKS TO DTI,OTHER OFFICES

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CONSUMERS’ WELFARE AS PRIMORDIAL CONCERN. As fitting celebration of the National Consumers’ Welfare Month held every October, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Bohol Provincial Office headed by Ma. Elena C. Arbon, in cooperation with the Department of Education – Tagbilaran City Schools Division, the Provincial Government of Bohol and the City Government of Tagbilaran mounted the Consumers’ Fair anchored on the theme ‘Consumer Education and Information: Key to Consumer Empowerment.’ Rev. Fr. Desiderio Magdoza, Jr. led the invocation. City Councilor Anne Mariquit Derikito – Oppus delivered the welcome remarks on behalf of the City Government of Tagbilaran. DTI Regional Director Asteria C. Caberte, in her speech, warned the buying public to always be vigilant, especially now that Christmas season is approaching. Other guests were Provincial Administrator Tomas Abapo, Jr., Atty. Josh Ventura of the DTI-7’s regulatory division, and Dr. Erlinda Bongcaras Mahinay who represented Dr. Elpidio M. Jala. The program was emceed by Blair Panong. Immediately after the ribbon-cutting ceremonies was the One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) Corner Launching highlighting the Boholano food products found at the grocery section, lower ground level of Island City Mall. Meanwhile, in the 2007 Inter-School Debate which tackled the topic “Consumers shall not patronize products that violate intellectual property rights,” the debating team from Holy Name University emerged as winner, while teammates Josephus Anthony C. Bumaat and Ma. Laureen P. Jamero were declared ‘Best Debater’ and ‘Best Speaker,’ respectively. On the other hand, in the quizbowl, Bohol Wisdom School ’s Dianne Radaza and Thara Jill Anasco got first place, followed by Ronn Patrick Guingguing of the Tagbilaran City Science High School in second place and Anna Lou Yecyec and Bethel Luz Dabatos of Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School garnering third place. In the jingle contest, the contestant from Holy Name University got the first place, with Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School’s bet in second place and Manga High School ’s entry in third place. (Fiel Angeli E. Araoarao – Gabin, City Information Officer / Photo by Carla Mae Lao – Salazar, Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry)


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