DTI celebrates 'World Consumer Rights Day' 

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, March 23 (PIA)--In celebrating the "World Consumer Day" last March 15, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Misamis Oriental Provincial Office has joined the global awareness campaign for respect and protection of consumer rights. 

“This is a chance to demand the rights of the consumers to be respected and protected against abuses and social injustices which undermine the consumer rights,” says Almer R. Masillones, OIC Provincial Director, DTI Misamis Oriental.

She furthered that the celebration of consumer rights was inspired by former US President John F. Kennedy in his special message during the US Congress on March 15, 1962 in which he had discussed consumer rights, thus becoming the first leader who dealt with the issues of consumer rights.

Since 1983, international consumer rights day was celebrated every 15th of March.

For this year, the consumer rights celebration tackles plastic pollution, which is currently considered a global crisis as discussed in a webinar entitled “World Consumer Rights Day 2021: Tackling Plastic Pollution." 

“We are currently facing the global plastic pollution crisis. Although plastic is helpful in our day-to-day lives but the consumption and production of the plastic this time is a challenge,” she said adding "one of the studies conducted last year said if our consumption and production of plastic is not really changing or no innovation that will be introduced, [it] will triple the waste of plastic in the ocean by 2040.”

Masillones expressed hope that every consumer would be enlightened to help bring down the use of plastics to avoid further damage to the environment. (JAKA/PIA10)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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