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Substandard hardware items, LPGs confiscated in Ifugao

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (15 August) -- A composite team from the the Bureau of Product Standards based in Manila, Department of Trade and Industry Regional and Provincial offices and the police confiscated uncertified liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), electric wires and substandard reinforcing bars in different business establishments here and the adjoining municipalities of Kiangan and Lamut.

Department of Trade and Industry Provincial Director Valentine Baguidudol, said that a total of 1,943 pieces of reinforcing bars that were uncertified as to standards were confiscated here and in the municipality of Lamut.

Baguidudol also said that rolls of uncertified electric wires were taken from hardwares here and a total of 74 LPGs were also confiscated from retailers here and in Lamut and Kiangan.

"They should pass the mandatory standards set by the Bureau of Product Standards," Baguidudol said. Sometimes retailers don't care to know about what they are selling to the public, he added.

Baguidudol also said that when the owners of the business establishment are confronted about their violations, they pretend not to know anything about the law yet we had been conducting meetings which they are not attending.

As businessmen, they have the responsibility to look into the welfare of their customers. They should be selling products that will conform to standards in order to protect the consumers from accidents such as fire caused by faulty wirings or explosion of uncertified LPGs, he added.

Baguidudol said the confiscated products will not be returned to the storeowners and that they will be fined P25,000.00 per product. He clarified that the LPGs can be returned but it has to undergo requalification and the expenses incurred for requalification will be borne by the concerned businessmen.

As of presstime, the steel bars are impounded at the PNP Provincial Office here. Baguidudol informed that the items will be destroyed into non commercial lengths. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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