DTI warns establishments selling substandard products

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Consumer Protection Group Undersecretary Ruth Castelo inspect a steel manufacturing plant in Valenzuela to check the compliance of the product in the standards set by the Agency’s Bureau of Standards. (Photo courtesy of DTI)

QUEZON CITY, July 9 (PIA)—The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) warned business establishments selling substandard products after the nationwide inspection drive conducted by the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB), Bureau of Product Standards (BPS), Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB), and DTI Regional Offices.

In one of the inspections conducted in Valenzuela City on July 5, 2019, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Consumer Protection Group Undersecretary Ruth Castelo led an inspection team that caught two stores selling substandard products.

One store was selling substandard or underweight steel bars and wires with no Philippine Standard certification marks (PS marks), while another was found selling PVC pipes and toilet wares without PS marks.

The substandard products were confiscated. Notice of Violation were also issued to the violating stores which they need to answer within 48 hours. They will also be charged a penalty ranging from P17,500 to P35,000.

The team also inspected a steel manufacturing plant in the area and found that they complied with the product standards and testing equipment required by the DTI.

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Lopez said that daily inspections by the FTEB have led to the decrease in violators in Metro Manila. The agency is now intensifying monitoring efforts in other regions to stamp out substandard materials in the market.

“Selling substandard products is not good for your business, since you will not establish credibility,” Lopez warned hardware owners.

“If you are caught selling them, you will be fined and we will confiscate your products, thus losing your investment. In selling these products, you are deceiving and endangering consumers and the public,” Lopez added.

The DTI through Department Administrative Order 18-03:2018 enumerates products monitored by the Agency for appropriate standards. These include home appliances and electronic products, building and construction materials, and chemical products like fire extinguishers and LPG tanks.

Lopez advised consumers to constantly look for PS marks or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers on the products they buy. If they find stores selling substandard products, they should inform DTI through its Consumer Care Hotline 1-384 (1-DTI) or email to consumercare@dti.gov.ph.

The trade secretary said that intensifying enforcement of product standards is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Tapang at Malasakit campaign to protect the safety and welfare of the Filipino people. (PIA InfoComm/DTI)

Source: PIA Feed