The City Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga, kicked off yesterday the celebration of Consumer Welfare Month through a fun run.
Open in 3K and 5K categories, the activity was participated in by some 200 runners from different cities and municipalities in Pampanga and Metro Manila.
DTI Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio said this was simultaneously held nationwide not only to promote health and wellness but also to raise awareness on consumer rights and responsibilities.
“Our theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Consumer Rights in the Digital Age,’ we are encouraging the public to always be vigilant when buying goods and products,” she added.
Ordonio also thanked the local government unit of San Fernando for helping them towards the success of the first Consumer Fun Run.
For his part, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago stressed that this activity serves as a venue to disseminate information on consumer related matters to both public and private sector.
“Every consumer plays a vital role in the economy, therefore, each of us must be updated on the policies and rules set by the authorities to avoid being misled by product claims,” the city added.
Meanwhile, the winners of the race for the 5K men division were Reynante Torio (1st prize), Mark Anthony Oximen (2nd prize) and Raymart Songco (3rd prize). For the women division, the first three finishers were Estefanie Calilung (1st prize), Sarah Orsajes (2nd prize) and Vilma Papa (3rd prize).
For the 3K men division, the winners were Marcelino Goleng Jr., (1st prize), Archie Abayon (2nd prize) and James Pineda (3rd prize). While the women who also emerged as victors were Trisha Anne Onofre (1st prize), Shantelle Canlas (2nd prize) and Royena Pabustan (3rd prize).
Special awards were also given to Rudy Flores (Oldest runner); Shantalle May Rosales and Louis Sacramento (Youngest runners); RAM Group (Big group delegation); Marcelino Goleng Jr.; (Colorful outfit); Jay-Ar Gonzales (Honoraria for the warm up instructor); and James Pineda and Trisha Onofre (Early birds).