DTI - CAR Asst. Regional Director Grace Baluyan in leading the Consumer Welfare Month kapihan calls for a stronger partnership between the government, consumers and the business sector in ensuring a safe and fair digital market for e - commerce. (CCD/PIA CAR)
Baluyan said e - commerce in the global setting is already around $840 million industry that is continuously growing with the improving internet access and the use of smart phone technology, as well as with more and more people getting busier that they opt to look for more time saving and convenient way of acquiring product and services.
For consumer welfare and protection,DTI and partner Consumernet member agencies are continuously conducting IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities to empower people in every community.
“We believe that the best protected consumers are the well informed consumers. Aside from awareness, we also always advise people to be vigilant especially in conducting transactions online,” Baluyan said.
She also stressed the importance of the business sector in helping protect their clients, the Filipino consumers. With the government and the consumers, they altogether work in ensuring that a a safe and fair digital market will have high probability of success.
Lawyer Regina May Cajucom of the Securities and Exchange Commission, in the same forum, emphasized the importance of consumers to be vigilant and investigate first before they invest their hard -earned money.
It is part of SEC mandate to protect Filipino consumers from investment schemes and scams that are proliferating in social media. To warn and protect people from unscrupulous vendor or service providers online, so when in doubt you can always call us or check the SEC website for the legality of a corporations or entity that you are transacting business with, Cajucom advised.
For the Department of Information and Communication Technology, Rufo Sotelo assured that concerns on cybercrimes and cybersecurity are being addressed.
Joining the forum panelists were NFA Baguio – Benguet Manager Cecilia Concubierta, Leonor Verzola of the Department of Agriculture and Edward Buraga of the National Meat Inspection Commission who gave information on their respective offices' mandate on consumer welfare and protection.
October is declared as Consumer Welfare Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1098 signed in 1997. For this year ,the CWM observance adopts the theme, “Making Digital Mrket Place Safer”. By Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)