Community Whispers by Ray Junia
Community Whispers

Consumer protection doesn't exist in the Phl.

Mar 14, 2023, 12:24 AM
Ray L. Junia

Ray L. Junia


The story going around in our group of farmers is President BBM wants to transition from chemical fertilizer to organic.

Our group is divided, the believers and non-believers. The believers say Pres. BBM has taken the side of the small farmers and has given priority to biofertilizers in growing our farms. The non-believers say, it’s all lip service.

I say, let’s wait and see if agriculture has taken its rightful place in the hierarchy of priorities in BBM’s list.


The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced queuing at the NAIA terminals is soon to improve, citing the Bureau of Immigration (BI) commitment to man additional immigration lanes after the MIAA gives BI more space for additional lanes.

This MIAA story says NAIA terminals are overcrowded, do not have enough space for a growing number of passengers. With revenge travels being the norm of the times, after the pandemic, queuing at NAIA could get worse before it can get better.


Also flight delays is almost “as usual.” My Air Asia flight from Manila to Tacloban last week was delayed by about 2 hours, and it was a morning flight.

My Philippine Airlines flight from Tacloban to Cebu got moved from 5PM to !!PM, forcing me to cancel and take the fastcraft in Ormoc.

Requested for a refund from PAL. I was told, they will confirm approval of refund in 10 days and actual refund in 3 months. I felt being robbed by this airline.

Consumers being “robbed” by service providers and traders in this country is another “as usual.” Consumers’ protection in the Philippines does not appear in its list of priorities. Traders getting very rich in this country is not a surprise or a wonder then. In fact, that’s a trophy courtesy of government neglect to consumers’ rights.

By the way, my kapitbahay reminds me that PAL stand for Plane Always Late.


I was in Cebu last week for talks on producing OpinYon 7 or OpinYon for Central Visayas.

When Cebu edition takes off the ground, that completes our three editions for the Visayas as we already have OpinYon Panay for the Western Visayas and OpinYon 8 for Eastern Visayas.

Now that the Covid scare is over, we are going back to our previous 10 editions, spread over the country.

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