SAN JOSE De Buenavista – Senior citizens here were tapped to help monitor prices of basic goods.
Lynna Joy Cardinal, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI Antique) information officer, said the local government of San Jose de Buenavista signed a memorandum of agreement with the Kapisanan ng mga Matatandang Mamayan ng San Jose de Buenavista and other stakeholders for a partnership that aims to improve business regulation and increase consumer awareness.
The partnership stemmed from the launching of the “Provision of Support Mechanisms to San Jose Tradetown Operation” project held April 21.
Cardinal said DTI tapped the elderly as DTI manpower is not enough to do the monitoring.
The elderly would undergo capacity-building and orientation on Consumer Act of the Philippines and other Fair Trade and Consumer Protection Laws.
“That way, they could help eliminate unfair business practices and empower consumers to assert their rights and get the best value for their money,” she said.
The senior citizens can report violations on trade practices to the Municipal Economic Enterprise Development Office (MEEDO) and to the DTI. (Annabel J. Petinglay/PNA)