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DTI advocates sustainable lifestyle

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Antique Provincial Office enjoins the public in practicing a sustainable lifestyle amid the country’s observance of Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) 2023.  

In a radio program, DTI Antique Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) head Arnel B. Oliveros said that this year’s CWM celebration is anchored on the theme “GenS: Generation Sustainable” which aspires for more sustainability-oriented consumers.

He stressed that it is important to shape behavior toward responsible consumption and sustainable choices in support of government and private sector initiatives and community efforts in promoting sustainability.

Instead of immediately throwing or replacing old items with new ones, Oliveros urged Antiqueños to consider reuse, repair, repurposing, or recycling which are only four of the “7Rs of Sustainability” that DTI uses to campaign for a reduced consumer impact on the environment.

The other Rs of sustainability are Rethink, which encourages the public to reflect on their daily routine and find means to contribute to the cause; Refuse non-recyclable items; and Reduce plastic footprints and energy use.

DTI Antique Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) head Arnel B. Oliveros (center) talks about Consumer Welfare Month 2023 during PIA Antique's radio program, PAGPAATHAG.

Oliveros noted that these efforts are aligned with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns given the world’s deteriorating resources.

DTI Antique hopes to reach more consumers to educate them on the advantages of choosing sustainable options and practicing the 7Rs of sustainability which not only helps in preserving the environment but also allows one to save more.  

DTI Antique Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) inspects Christmas lights sold in an establishment in San Jose de Buenavista town, October 23. (Photo: DTI Antique)

Consumer Welfare Month is observed annually to promote the dissemination of consumer information and encourage dialogue and cooperation among stakeholders to strengthen consumer rights, awareness, and protection.

Meanwhile, as the Holiday season comes near, DTI reminds the public to be extra cautious of products in the market, especially electronics, by looking for the Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks which guarantee safety and quality.

While waiting for the release of the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for Noche Buena and Media Noche products, DTI Antique also assures the public of their continuous monitoring of prices, with the help of their Negosyo Centers (NCs) throughout the province. (AGP/GN/BPS/PIA Antique)

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