Art. 153. Powers and Functions. - The Council have the following powers
to rationalize and coordinate the functions of the agencies charged with consumer programs and enforcement of consumer related
laws to the end that an effective, coordinated and integrated system of consumer protection, research and implementation and
enforcement of such laws shall be achieved;
(b) to recommend new policies and legislation or amendments
to existing ones;
(c) to monitor and evaluate implementation of consumer programs and projects and to take appropriate
steps to comply with the established priorities, standards and guidelines;
(d) to seek the assistance of government instrumentalities
in the form of augmenting the need for personnel facilities and other resources;
(e) to undertake a continuing education and information campaign
to provide the consumer with, among others:
facts about consumer products and services;
(2) consumer rights and the mechanism for redress available
(3) information on new concepts and developments on consumer protection;
(4) general knowledge
and awareness necessary for a critical and better judgment on consumption; and
(5) such other matters of importance to the consumer's general
Art. 154. Consumer Education in Schools. - The Department of Education, Culture and Sports, with
the cooperation and advice of the Council, shall develop and adopt a consumer education program which shall be integrated
into existing curricula of all public and private schools from primary to secondary level.
A continuing consumer
education program for out-of-school youth and adults shall likewise be developed and undertaken.
The consumer education
program shall include information regarding:
the consumer as a responsible member of society and his responsibility to develop:
critical awareness which is the responsibility to be alert and questioning about the use of and price and quality of goods
(2) assertiveness which is the responsibility to assert himself and act so he is assured of a fair
deal, aware that for as long as he remains to be a passive consumer he will continue to be exploited;
(3) social concern
which is the responsibility to be aware of the impact of his consumption on other citizens, especially the disadvantaged;
(4) environmental awareness which is the responsibility to understand the environmental consequences
of his consumption, recognizing his individual and social responsibility to conserve natural resources for future generations;
(b) consumer rights; and
problems the consumer faces in daily life.
Art. 155. Concerned Departments, Powers and Duties Under Existing Laws. - The concerned departments
shall continue to exercise the powers and duties provided to them under existing laws, unless repealed or modified accordingly.
156. Consumer Participation. - The Departments shall establish procedures for meaningful participation by consumers
or consumer organizations in the development and review of department rules, policies and programs. Such procedures shall
include provisions for a forum, where consumers can express their concerns and recommendations to decision makers. The departments
shall exert efforts to inform consumers of pending proceedings where their participation is important. chanrobles law
157. Advisory Services. - The departments shall render advisory services upon request. The technical and legal
assistance shall be made available to consumers and their organizations and to the general public.
158. Consumer Program Reforms. - Each concerned Department shall formulate and develop a consumer program consonant
with the objectives of its charter or the applicable laws which program shall embody the standards set forth in Sections 156
and 157 of this Act. Copies of these programs shall be furnished the Council. The Executive Director shall, among his other
functions, monitor and coordinate the implementation by the concerned agencies of their respective consumer programs.
After the close
of the fiscal year, the Council shall submit to Congress and the Office of the President, a full report on the progress of
the implementation of consumer programs.