Beneficaries of the AquaPonics solar - powered system in a photo opt with Mayor Benjamin Magalong (backrow second from right) and BFAR - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey ( frontrow left). (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and personnel at the TTMF led by Dr. Nora Ruiz leads simple send-off ceremony for six recovered patients discharged from the Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.(photos from Benguet Governor’s Office)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commends the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its Urban Aquaponics project with vegetable and fish production as he assures the city government's support to this project that helps ensure food sufficency and availability. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn over assiatnce to farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and rge Department of Education Benguet for the Gulayan sa Paaralan programon at the Benguet Capitol on August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

DTI calls for consumer protection, fair trade in online & physical markets

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) - - With online selling and delivery services the  trend in this time of the Coronavirus diseases (COVID – 19) pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry advises consumers to be more vigilant and buy only from reputable and verified sellers  as regulation of such businesses remains to be a challenge for the government.


The DTI - Cordillera led other Consumer Protection Group member- agencies in launching the October observance of Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) in a simple program and a Kapihan media forum here today.

This year’s CWM theme, “Sustainable Consumer in the New Normal” is in cognizance of the impact of individual consumption of goods and services in the environment. It also calls for a change in consumer behavior and consumption patterns that hopes to influence the production systems of multinational corporations and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in shifting towards sustainability.

DTI – CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo, in the forum, calls for a unified effort among concerned government regulation agencies and the local government units for the registration and regulation of those involved in online selling, trading and services primarily for the protection of the consumers and to ensure fair trade in the physical and digital marketplaces.

It is high time to regulate online selling.  Aside from the fact that there is violation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue Tax Code that is unfair to regular or physical stores that are paying their tax dues, the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau has recorded 90 percent rise in complaints involving online transactions, Pablo said.

She advised the public to be more vigilant and make sure that they have the right choices in terms of the value of their money and on what they really need.

Pablo also outlined that with the  Consumer Welfare Month observance, particular attention should also be given to the low – income household and vulnerable consumers where the health crisis and global recession have immense impact on their choices of consumption.

In terms of the government’s effort to ensure inclusivity, she urged all stakeholders to embrace the shift to sustainable consumption and production while upholding the rights and responsibilities of the consumers in the physical and digital markets.

Securities and Exchange Commission Regional Director Regina May Cajucom – De Guzman, in the same forum, supported DTI’s call for the regulation of online selling.  Aside from taxation and fair trade, she outlined the need to support the local sellers or MSMEs by making sure that they are on equal footing in terms of business processes.

For the National Meat Inspection Services, Regional Director Lilia Juliana Fermin assured their readiness to help in the regulation of online selling and transport of meat products. There are many guidelines that online sellers need to comply before they can go into selling of meat which is a perishable product, especially regulations in proper handling, processing and transport of meat. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar



  • Interventions crucial in reduction of stunting

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct.  24(PIA) - - Some interventions are crucial in sustaining the gains in the reduction of stunting which is one of the nutrition concerns in the country.

  • Bayanihan 2 to boost TTMFs in Cordillera

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) –The Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 is set to boost COVID-19 Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) in the Cordillera as TTMF occupancy rate in Baguio City hits ‘danger zone.’

  • CRDRRMC calls for heightened alert for TD 'Pepito'

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) - - Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol calls for a synchronized heightened alert among the CRDRRMC member agencies  down  to  the barangay level for the possible effect of Tropical Depression Pepito.

  • DSWD pours out programs, services to conflict areas in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 19 (PIA) - -  Anchored on the government’s whole of nation approach under Executive Order 70 in ending local communist armed conflict (ELCAC), government agencies are  pouring in programs and services in various forms in identified conflict-affected barangays.

  • Rotary backs polio eradication campaign

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 19(PIA) – The Rotary Club continues to support  the  polio eradication  campaign of the government.  


Mt. Province

  • DA-BFAR-CAR boosts fishery in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

  • TESDA-led Project 'ESEK' benefits 45 farmers in Besao

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality are engaged in the training on organic agriculture production and are expected to pursue it as a livelihood.

  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 26 former rebels in Mountain Province receive livelihood aid

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- At least 26 former rebels here received financial assistance from the government.

  • Farmers in ELCAC-identified brgys get livelihood intervention

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.






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