MANILA -- Hundreds ran to advocate for less wastage on Sunday, as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched its celebration of Consumer Welfare Month in October.
Trade Undersectary Ruth Castelo said the fun run was an upbeat way of reminding consumers to watch where they throw their waste.
Consumer Welfare Month also aims to call out overbuying, which contributes to wastage. The agency said it could be avoided by taking stock of available supplies of food or items at home before going to stores.
"Kung ano lang ang kailangan, 'yun lang ang bibilhin. And then to dispose of their waste properly," Castelo said.
With weekly cleanups of Metro Manila's waterways and coastal areas churning up trash from consumer products, especially sachets, Castelo added that environmental load should also be shouldered by manufacturers.
These companies, she said, should get raw materials with minimal damage to the environment and should be created with methods that would not also harm people.
Among DTI's advocacies is to ensure environmental protection is part of companies' corporate social responsibility, Castelo said.
Other activities during Consumer Welfare Month are a standards caravan to acquaint consumers with correct industry standards for goods and services, as well as information drives and contests in schools and universities.