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DTI warns public vs fake monitors

by Jen Mendoza

Manila (9 September) -- THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) warns the public against fake market monitors and enforcers who introduce themselves as employees of the agency.

In a memorandum, DTI-Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (BTRCP) acting director Jaime Lasaro L. Olmos instructed the regional offices of the agency to coordinate with their respective local government units (LGUs) by providing the list of legitimate DTI price monitors and enforcers.

"This way, we will be able to prevent these impostors in deceiving businessmen and destroying the good name of our department," Olmos said.

The BTRCP even issued some guidelines in order for business establishments not to be victims of such unscrupulous act.

The following are the tips shared by the BTRCP:

  • Legitimate monitors/enforcers automatically show their prescribed identification card upon entering the establishment;
  • Check for the "Authority to Conduct Monitoring and Enforcement" certificate issued by DTI from the monitors/enforcers;
  • Bear in mind that violation of Standards Law can't be rectified by entering into negotiations with the monitors/enforcers; and
  • To validate the identity of the monitors/enforcers, one may contact Trade Secretary Peter B. Favila at (0917) 8063473 or visit the nearest DTI office.

DTI 11 regional director Marizon S. Loreto said such communication from BTRCP has already been routed to the provincial offices.

"We have already given instructions to our field offices that they have to work closely with their LGUs in order to stop these fake monitors/enforcers from deceiving businessmen. However, in the Davao Region, we haven't received any reports on this regard," Loreto said. (DTI) [top]

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