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Consumer federation visits successful cooperative project in Tarlac

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Tarlac City Vice-Mayor Anne Belmonte (right) and members of the Sangguniang Bayan welcome FEDACOR President Casiano Supan (2nd from L) during their courtesy call at the Tarlac City hall. Tarlac City Vice-Mayor Anne Belmonte (right) and members of the Sangguniang Bayan welcome FEDACOR President Casiano Supan (2nd from L) during their courtesy call at the Tarlac City hall.

Tarlac – June 16, 2015

The Federation of DTI-Accredited Organizations in Region 3 (FEDACOR-3) visited a successful cooperative project in Amucao, Tarlac City on June 12, 2015. FEDACOR-3 led by its President Casiano Supan observed the food processing project of the Amucao Seed Growers Agro-Industrial Cooperative (ASGAIC), as part of the federation’s benchmarking session and quarterly meeting on June 11-12, 2015.

Members and officers of ASGAIC welcomed the FEDACOR-3 during their visit at the cooperative center in Amucao, Tarlac City. They showed federation members the facilities and equipment of the cooperative that are used for the processing of products like “tea-napa” processed fish, atchara, processed meat, salted eggs and other food products. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Central Luzon through DTI Tarlac has consistently supported the ASGAIC by providing it with skills training under its SME Roving Academy (SMERA) and food processing and storage equipment such as smoke houses, freezer and sealer under DTI’s Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program amounting to P 298,245.00.

DTI-3 Director Judith P. Angeles said that the FEDACOR visit shows the good results of two organizations partnering with DTI to achieve good results. FEDACOR is a private entity that has successfully supported DTI’s advocacy on consumer protection and fair trade. It has also helped in the enforcement of consumer laws in many areas in Central Luzon. On the other hand, ASGAIC is a cooperative that has grown in numbers and has gained success in production of food products. This is because of its partnership with DTI and the efforts of its members and officers.

The federation officers also made a courtesy call to Tarlac City Vice-Mayor Marie Antonette “Anne” I. Belmonte, where they committed to assist in the efforts of the local officials in monitoring prices and fair weighing scales in public markets and stores. Vice-Mayor Belmonte commended the voluntary efforts of the federation in protecting the welfare of consumers. She also praised the effort of DTI for supporting the organization to enhance consumer protection.