June 18th, 2012
By: Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran – Majority of the consumers who attended the regional consumer congress held in Eastern Visayas have raised the issue on the unimplemented oil price cuts by local gas stations.
Consumer associations representing the six provinces in Eastern Visayas converged at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel on June 14 for a one-day Regional Consumer Congress with regional director Cynthia R. Nierras and other key regional officials of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in attendance.
One of the objectives of the regional forum was to bring issues and concerns affecting the local consumers in each of the six provinces in the region. The issues and concerns raised during the regional consumer congress will be presented to the national consumer congress that will be held in October this year in Metro Manila.
“It would be unfair for consumers in the region especially to the public who gas up daily for their vehicles since local gas stations do not implement the rollback prices of oil”, lamented a consumer from Biliran province who presented the issue in the congress.
Consumers from other provinces in Region 8 have also raised during the regional consumer congress the common observation that local gas stations automatically adjust prices of oil products when schedule of oil price increases is announced on TV.
“This situation which is a big disadvantage to consumers is a perennial problem in the rural areas,” said a consumer from Northern Samar who wanted the concerned government agencies to address and find solutions to the pressing issue.
Meanwhile, DTI 8 regional director Nierras assured the consumers who attended the regional consumer congress to bring the issues to the national consumer congress.
Other consumer related issues and concerns such as piracy, non-issuance of official receipt, strengthening of consumer association in the region, among others were also presented and discussed in the regional consumer congress. (rvictoria/PIA 8 Biliran)
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