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Mandatory Products Showcase 2009 kicks off to celebrate Product Standards Week

San Jose, Antique (15 October) -- A Mandatory Products Showcase 2009 kick-off at Gaisano Grand Mall of Antique on Monday October 12 until the 18th to celebrate Consumer Welfare Month and Product Standards Week.

The Department of Trade and Industry Provincial Office facilitated this activity to showcase the different products covered by mandatory standards that affects life, property and safety.

Also, the activity would like to send a message to consumers and businesses regarding mandatory products that are safe to use.

Mandatory Products are those that require Mandatory Products Certification from the Bureau of Products Standards (BPS) to ensure that those products when used by the consumers will not cause harm, said Glenn Fernando, Trade and Industry Development Specialist.

The BPS issues the PS (Philippine Standard) to a manufacturer whose products has successfully passed the requirements of the Philippine National Standard (PNS) which allow the manufacturer to affix the PS mark on his product.

For imported products it should also pass the PNS for the BPS to issue Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) which allow the manufacturer to affix the ICC mark on the imported products.

Products under mandatory certification include, electrical and wiring devices, electrical appliances, building and construction materials, consumer and chemical products. The latest inclusions to mandatory product certification are helmets and visors which are use by motorist.

When buying these products, DTI encourages the public to look for PS and ICC mark on the products or its packages as a guarantee that it passed the Philippine Standard.

Fernando is hopeful that the showcasing of mandatory products will increase the awareness of consumers especially when buying products that requires mandatory certification.

Once again, DTI appeals to consumers to be vigilant with their rights and responsibilities to ensure they will not be taken advantage of by unscrupulous traders. The public are urged to patronize safe and quality products to get rid of substandard products in the market and eventually avoid unnecessary accidents caused by poor quality products. (PSM/PIA) [top]

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