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Look for PS, ICC mark in what you buy, DTI counsels consumers

Tacloban City (October 8) -- Always look for the PS and ICC marks whenever you buy critical products, Mr. Joe Molina of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Leyte, counsels the people of Region 8 during the Panindugan TV program of PIA recently.

Mr. Joe Molina was guest in the program which hopes to educate the consumers of the Region. This is in connection with the observance of the month of October as the National Consumers Welfare Month.

Mr. Molina said that consumers must learn not to buy products just because they have cheaper tag price. They must most of all look at the quality of the products and products made in the Philippines which have met the requirement for quality standards carry the PS mark. Imported products must carry the ICC mark that shows that these imported items have been certified as quality products.

Mr. Molina said that the Department of Trade conducts regular monitoring of the business establishments in order to ensure that they are selling quality and not counterfeit products. However, he called on the consumers to help the Department by reporting cases of businessmen violating fair trade law.

DTI will always be there to help the consumers, Mr. Molina said but it must always be the consumers who will first protect themselves by making sure that the products they are buying are the products which will give them satisfaction. This can be done by being critical in what they are buying, he said.

Now that the Christmas season is here again, Mr. Molina said that DTI has confiscated many Christmas lights which are substandard. It is very dangerous for the people to buy these no matter how cheap they are because it might cause danger not only on the lives but on the properties of people.

During the whole month of October, the Department of Trade has heightened its advocacy in teaching the consumer on how to detect counterfeit products. The latest addition to the list of counterfeit products in the market, Mr. Molina said, is the counterfeit coffee which is using a popular brand.

He said that the label of the counterfeit coffee is blurred and the contents (coffee) do not hold on together even when pressed. Mr. Molina urged the people to be vigilant and to report where the location of these unscrupulous people who are making counterfeit products. (PIA 8) [top]

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