DINALUPIHAN, Bataan– As the frontline agency that champions consumer protection, the provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-Bataan) led by Provincial Director Nelin Cabahug, formally launched the 1st Consumer Corner in Bataan inside the Savemore Supermarket here, Wednesday morning.
Cabahug was joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony and signing of the memorandum of agreement by the officials and executives of Savemore Market Inc. namely Rey Del Valle (SAVP Operations), Athens Cajucom (AVP Operations), Jamaila Kawikaan (Area Head Manager), Julie Hermogenio (Operations Manager), Shareen Brito (Area Head Manager) and representatives from the LGU Dinalupihan and Consumer Affairs Council. The unveiling of the “Mommy Mili” standee was also held during the said occasion.
The Consumer Corner here is also the first in all branches of Savemore nationwide.
Last month, DTI joined the global celebration of the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) last month with the theme “Trusted Smart Products.” DTI, through its Consumer Policy and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB), localized the WCRD celebration with the tagline, “Pinagkakatiwalaang produkto para sa mamimiling Pilipino.”
DTI Bataan, in partnership with Savemore Supermarket, aims to widen the access of the general public to consumer-related information and avenues for redress. This would enable them to become wiser, more vigilant, and empowered consumers.
The Consumer Corner Program is a partnership project with business establishments that aims to strengthen and promote consumer welfare and protection by providing an information desk that is strategically located inside retail stores where consumers can gain access to consumer-related information materials of the DTI.
Savemore is part of the SM Retail group that also owns SM Supermarket and SM Hypermarket chains which would later be called collectively as “SM Markets.” It also owns The SM Store department stores and food retail stores under WalterMart and Alfamart (a joint venture between SM and the Indonesian-based mini-mart/convenience store chain for Philippine franchise).