CONSUMER PROTECTION MEANS
QUALITY PRODUCTS—VP NOLI
control is the best protection manufacturers can offer the consuming
Vice President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro and Agriculture
Secretary Domingo F. Panganiban officially launched the nationwide
search for Huwaran Palenke during the opening ceremony of the 2005
Consumers Welfare Month. At left is Department of Trade and Industry
Secretary Peter Favilla (OVP photo by Egay Montana 10/05/05)
This was the key
message of Vice President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro during the
celebration of the Consumers’ Welfare Month at the Department of Agriculture (DA) in
Quezon City yesterday as he called for more measures to protect
consumers from counterfeit, overpriced and dangerous products.
In his speech, De
Castro noted that there are economic variables that are beyond our
control like rising oil prices in the world market which, among others,
cause the prices of food in the country to increase.
“If we can’t really
stop the prices of food from rising, we must at least offer quality
products to our consumers,” De Castro told his audience mostly composed
by representatives from government agencies like the DA, the Department of Health (DoH), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Education (DepEd)
and the Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR).
Vice President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro huddles with Department of Agriculture Secretary
Domingo F. Panganiban (right) and Department
of Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favilla (left) during
the opening ceremony of the 2005 Consumers Welfare Month. (OVP photo by
Egay Montana 10/05/05)
To protect the
consumers, De Castro called for freedom of choice, safe products,
affordable prices and quality consumer goods.
De Castro said
consumers deserved to be protected since consumer spending saved the
country’s economy from collapsing during the last Asian currency crisis.
“We can’t deny the
big contribution of consumer expenditures in the gross national product
of the country during the latter part of the 1990’s,” he said.
The same consumer
spending is presently providing incentives to various producers to
manufacture products for the market, he added.
Ref. VPMEDIA 05-141