Representatives of the National Consumer Affairs Council officially open the celebration of Consumer Welfare Month with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Created by Republic Act No. 7394, or the Consumer Act of the Philippines, the NCAC advances the management, coordination and effectiveness of the nation’s consumer programs and regularly engages in discussions that shape policies protecting consumer interests. From left are: Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, DTI Undersecretary for Consumer Protection Group; Linda P. Gonzalez, 2nd Vice President of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs in the Philippines; Atty. Anselmo B. Adriano, DTI Director of the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (partially hidden behind Gonzalez); Hon. Satya Sharma Renduchintala, Regional Project Officer of the Consumers International for Asia and the Pacific; Jose Paredes Pepito, NCAC Chairperson and President of the Nationwide Association for Consumers, Inc.; and Atty. Paul A. Santos, Vice President for National Affairs, Philippine Retailers Association and Alternate member to NCAC.