By By Fernan A. Gianan
DTI marks Consumer Welfare Month
posted 28-Oct-2019  ·  
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For lack of space in the news sections, this column accommodates the following letter from Rev. Fr. Juan R. Lizaso Jr. of the Prison Ministry of the Diocese of Virac:

“Reading your September 25 issue, it’s good to know and very inspiring to us volunteers in prisoner apostolate that the BJMP has broken ground for a new jail facility in Virac and that the San Andres district jail is 82% completed.

We highly appreciate and we commend the efforts of our regional and two district BJMP personnel here in Catanduanes, our honorable mayors of Virac and San Andres LGUs in exerting much effort in solving jail congestion. Mabuhay po kayo!

October is Prison Awareness Month with the theme “Lord, Thank You for Being Merciful to Me a Sinner” and “Radical Love.”

Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) are Human Beings. Please remember them in our prayers and give them due process and respect.

“Habang May Buhay, May Pag-Asa.”

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DTI CELEBRATES CONSUMER WELFARE MONTH THIS OCTOBER. A series of events has been prepared by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Catanduanes provincial office in the on-going celebration of Consumer Welfare Month this October 2019.

As one of the lead agencies in charge of the celebration, the DTI said the activities are anchored on the theme: “Sustainable Consumption: Understanding the impact of Consumer’s Choices in a Shared Environment.”

The celebration has been kicked off by the DTI’s Ugnayan sa Radyo through DWDF Radyo Pilipinas which aims to address prevailing concerns of consumers through a 10-day radio program with daily guests coming from DTI’s attached agencies. The program will have its first episode live on air this Oct. 7, 8:30 – 9:30 AM, until Oct. 18.

On Oct. 22-26, simultaneous with the Catandungan Festival Trade Fair at the provincial capitol grounds is the conduct of the Consumer Information Fair and Exhibit which will showcase consumerism-related information materials and actual samples of products to help consumers distinguish the substandard versus standard variety of goods available in the market. There will also be a Diskwento Caravan where grocery items will be sold at a discounted price on the duration of the trade fair.

On Oct. 25, the Provincial Consumer’s Assembly, an annual gathering of consumers and stakeholders from the private and public sector, will have speakers discussing topics anchored on the celebration’s theme and their respective office’s programs and advocacies.

One of the highlights of this event is the awarding of Gold Bagwis Seal to two local business establishments in Catanduanes conforming to the compliance requirements of Gold Bagwis, the highest form given to chosen qualified stores.  In this event, the short film entries which made it to the top 3 during the Regional short film competition will also be presented for public viewing for the first time.

By virtue of Proclamation 1098 signed on Sept. 26, 1997 by then President Fidel V. Ramos, October was declared as Consumer Welfare Month nationwide, emphasizing the dire need to focus national attention on the role consumers play in the vitality of the economy.

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    In town for a private visit last Sunday (Oct. 6) was singer-actress Mitch Valdez, the “kapitana” in the long-running “Ang Probinsiyano” action drama series of ABS-CBN. She was a special guest in the birthday party of Felina R. Co, who runs the family –owned Virac Eastern Hardware.

    A number of fellow passengers in the commercial flight, apparently fans of the TV series, took the opportunity ot having photos taken together with the aging but still graceful actress.

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ON DRINKING BEER. Scientists for Health Canada suggest that drinking beer makes men act like women.

    To test the theory, 100 men were fed six pints of beer each, within a one-hour period.

    It was then observed that 100% of the men gained weight, talked excessively without making sense, became overly emotional, couldn’t drive, failed to think rationally, argued over nothing, and refused to apologize when they were wrong.


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