Consumer Welfare Month 2008 Theme

Pursuant to President Proclamation No. 1098 dated 26 September 1997, the nation will once again celebrate the annual CONSUMER WELFARE MONTH (CWM) come this October 2008. As usual, different consumer-oriented activities will be undertaken during the month-long celebration focusing on the theme of CWM for the year.

For this year's commemoration, the Department of Energy (DOE) has graciously accepted the championship of the celebration, highlighting its Department’s role as crucial in the implementation and enforcement of the Consumer Act, the EPIRA Law and other energy-related laws which have great impact on consumers.

In close coordination, therefore, with DOE, the National Consumer Affairs Council (NCAC) approved the theme: “LEADING THE CONSUMERS TOWARDS EFFICIENT LIGHTING FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE”. The theme is anchored on the key policy area of the national government based on the pronouncement of Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, to promote energy conservation and environment stewardship to mitigate the ill effect of climate change.

The theme, hopefully, will be instrumental in increasing consumer vigilance in energy conservation and protection of the environment, thereby helping the government in its drive towards a progressive Nation.

The NCAC urges, therefore all concerned to observe CWM and ponder, resolve and effect the necessary action, not only of our welfare, but more importantly, for the security of future consumers.

We therefore, call on everyone to make the necessary preparations for the said event, event as we urge you to organize and plan now. And kindly inform this office of how you can help to make this year’s celebration much more successful and meaningful.


As part of DTI’s move to develop OTOP micro, small and medium entrepreneurs from Lanao del Norte, twenty food processors representing the municipalities of Tubod, Munai, Bacolod, Maigo and Iligan City with the Business Development Division staff Eng. Jaime Pa-alisbo and Leonore Tianco are bound for Davao City from June 18-20, 2008 to participate in the Food Processing and Packaging Seminar cum Technology Expo at the Bangko Sentral Plenary Hall, Davao City.

The Four Day seminar intends to provide the local food manufacturers comprehensive information about the food processing business, from basic and advance technologies and trends in specific processed foods, basic guidelines in packaging for domestic and export markets, HACCP and other quality control standards, choosing the right tools for food production, food franchise options and available food machinery and equipment for small scale industries.

Included in the itinerary of the missioners is a trip to Bukidnon for a benchmarking visit to five existing OTOP Pasalubong Centers and to two established processors of buko pie and banana chips in the area.

“ Basically, this benchmarking activity hopes to help expose our OTOP MSMEs to many opportunities in the food processing business. It is our aim that through this, we will be able to open various possibilities that our entrepreneurs can explore for the development of the food processing industry in the province of Lanao del Norte.” Assistant Regional Director Linda Boniao explains.

KAHIMUNAN FAIR (OTOP Mindanao Island Fair) Held in Cagayan de Oro
August 22-25, 2008

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 10 is all set to promote over a hundred micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Regions 9, 10, 11, 12 and Caraga the 3rd Mindanao Island Fair Exhibit dubbed this year as Kahimunan Mindanao 2008. Kahimunan Mindanao, which means creations of Mindanao, is a four-day event happening on August 22-25, 2008 at The Atrium of the Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro City.

Timed during the Kagay-an Festival month, the fair will showcase innovative products made from indigenous materials and created with Filipino ingenuity, and targets to generate more than P 20 million in sales. Products for sale include fresh and processed food, gifts, toys and housewares, fashion accessories, as well as organic and natural products manufactured in Mindanao.

As part of the preparation for this exhibit, DTI conducted trainings/seminars on “How to participate in Trade Fairs”, “Visual Merchandising”, “Packaging and Product Development and Design”. Various activities will also be conducted during the fair, which will include the buyer-seller matching, regional day presentations and technical sessions on financing and other programs designed by the government for the MSMEs.

Institutional buyers from all over the country are expected to visit Kahimunan Mindanao. According to DTI Regional Director Alicia V. EuseƱa, she is hopeful that the fair will attract a lot of domestic and international buyers that will benefit the exhibitors.

Kahimunan Mindanao is an offshoot of Yamang Mindanao, the first major trade exhibit held in General Santos City in 2006 to showcase products of MSMEs, particularly promoting the crafts and food products of the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program of the municipalities in Mindanao.

Kahimunan Mindanao 2008 is conducted in partnership with the Promote CDO Foundation, Inc. (Promote CDO), Advocate of Philippine Fair Trade Inc. (APFTI) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc.-10A (Philexport-10A).