Issue of December 3, 2017

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Vigilance reiterated versus online marketing schemes
by Press release

SABANGAN, Mountain Province – Consumers have been told to be vigilant against unscrupulous businessmen especially online sellers during the launching of the Negosyo Center last Nov. 27.

Since social media has become a very common business platform nowadays, it had been the prime topic that was tackled during the launching.

“Consumers must be vigilant particularly on online businesses since there is no law yet to prohibit such marketing schemes and no law enacted yet for protection of online buyers,” Department of Trade and Industry-CAR representative Mimosa Regis said.

She said that in line with government’s agenda of upholding consumer rights, DTI continues to educate the public and make them well-informed consumers. Similarly, the DTI through their website urged consumers to be critically aware about the prices, usage and quality of products.

Regis said that the DTI, in cooperation with the Philippine National Police, is regularly monitoring business establishments in the locality. She said the agency destroys fake products, checks weighing scales, and discontinues the operation of fraudulent enterprises. She also discussed consumer rights and protection.

Regis said there are several areas where the public can participate in instigating legal business transactions. For solicitations in communities, she emphasized that barangay officials have the power to stop such suspicious undertakings. She also said that consumers can check on product mark stickers before buying.

The Import Commodity Clearance mark is for imported products and the Bureau of Philippine Standards sticker is for local products.

Other topics discussed during the launching were the advantages of having a Negosyo Center.

DTI Division Office representative Mabel Banggawan said the center will bring government services closer to small businesses in the locality. She said DTI assists in creating business names, they give trainings on business identification, self-assessment, entrepreneurial skills enhancement, and they assist in making project proposals for financing.

The launching ended with the signing of a memorandum of agreement.

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Baguio Country Club
Department of Tourism – CAR
University of Baguio
Venus Parkview Hotel

Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

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