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Buy products with BPS or ICC marks - DTI

by Danny O Sagun

DAGUPAN CITY (11 October) -- Buy only goods or products that bear either the "BPS" or "ICC" marks.

Provincial Director Peter Mangabat of the Department of Trade and Industry provincial office issued this advice to consumers in light of accidents caused by defective or inferior products.

He said that his office is closely monitoring the market for products that do not have the necessary seal or mark. BPS stands for Bureau of Product Standards, an agency under DTI.

ICC is an international standards regulator. All imported products should have the ICC mark, he said.

Consumers can readily detect an inferior product thru its physical appearance, he said. "Kung manipis o kaya maliliit yong mga wires, maaaring substandard yon," he noted.

On imported Chinese food products and toys, he said that stores selling them here in the province have already voluntarily recalled them or removed them from their shelves.

On the flooding of the local market of imported goods, Mangabat said that it was a result of the free trade concept. The country being a member of the World Trade Organization has to reduce tariffs on imports and ultimately implement free trade among member countries.

He said local industries should stay competitive by upgrading their products.

He said that his office assists local industries by holding skills training and seminars. Trade fairs are held from time to time to promote the local products.

He bared the revival of the Panangidayew Trade Fair in Manila to showcase locally-made products. He said he was eyeing November next year as the tentative date.

For more investors to come in, he urged local government units to grant incentives like tax breaks. (DOS/PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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