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DTI taps barangay execs for consumer protection

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

AS end-users of goods and services, consumers are at vulnerable state, particularly when it comes to product deception and fraud employed by some unscrupulous businessmen.

This situation prompted the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) provincial office in Camarines Sur to conduct a seminar on advocating consumerism. Dubbed “Promoting Consumer Vigilance Among Barangays In Naga City,” the event was held Tuesday, July 25, at the Avenue Plaza Convention Center here.

Attended by barangay officials and representatives, the seminar sought to help barangays increase awareness on consumer activism in the barangays and promote consumers’ welfare in this city and the adjoining nearby municipalities.

30th Founding Anniversary, MNCCI to honor past presidents, partners

NAGA CITY — Celebrating its 30th founding anniversary, the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry will honor its past presidents, partners, and other personalities who have helped shape and make stronger and prouder the chamber that it is now – a Hall of Fame awardee, one of the only three local business chambers that had held such honor for having been selected as outstanding local chamber of business and commerce for three consecutive years.

Incumbent president Gilbert N. Albero, under whose term the highly successful 10-year old Bicol Business Week was transformed into bigger and longer Bicol Business Month in 2015 and who chairs this year’s pearl event, said the celebration will be a simple but memorable one because it will be dedicated to past chamber leaders, living or dead, under whose leadership the chamber was able to articulate its role as the “Voice of Business” while unselfishly contributing to the enhancement of the socio-economic development of Metro Naga, in particular, and the Bicol Region, in general.

Jose B. Perez, MNCCI’s VP for Chamber Management, explained the founding anniversary should have been held last year – being the 30th year – but had to be reset for 2017 because of the typhoon that hit Bicol during that period. “We were ready for the celebration a month after our 2016 Bicol Business Month in November but had to shelve the idea because of the disastrous typhoon; instead, we concentrated our energy and resources for “Tabang Bicol” to expedite relief operations to typhoon victims in Naga and selected towns in Camarines Sur.”

BBM, DA open ASPIRE, Best of Bicol showcase

By Jason B. Neola

AS PART of the ongoing Bicol Business Month, the Department of Agriculture Bicol regional office, in partnership with the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) and the city government of Naga last Tuesday, July 11 opened the ASPIRE Expo and the Best of Bicol Showcase with DA Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness and Marketing Leandro H. Gazmin giving the keynote address.

ASPIRE, which stands for “Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment In Regional Expositions,” is meant to promote cooperation and partnership for a dynamic market development support services to farmers, fisher folk, MSMEs and other stakeholders.

A memorandum of agreement was recently signed on June 14, 2017 between and among the DA and the Department of Trade and Industry, along with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization and “Voice of Philippine Business,” to which the MNCCI, a local chamber is attached to PCCI, for the furtherance of agribusiness investment in the regions.

Fortunately, the program has been initially launched here in Naga, as well as in other regional hubs in the country.