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PIA Press Release
2007/10/15

DTI cracks down on illegal products

by EA Nunez

LEGAZPI CITY (15 October) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has stepped up its crackdown on local and imported products that do not pass safety standards.

As part of the observance of October as Consumer Welfare Month, the DTI in Bicol is closely monitoring business establishments that all products being sold must carry the safety labels imposed by the government.

As part of the observance of October as Consumer Welfare Month, the DTI in Bicol is closely monitoring business establishments to ensure that all products being sold pass the safety standards and carry the safety labels required by the government.

DTI Bicol regional director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco said that the government requires imported products to have an import commodity clearance (ICC) mark before they are sold in the market. "Local products, on the other hand, must have a product safety (PS) mark."

Blanco said the DTI wants to protect consumers from cheap but unsafe electronic devices and appliances in the market especially for the coming Christmas season. "The DTI in Bicol, through the provincial offices, has conducted meetings with business store operators who pledged not to sell Christmas lights and other holiday accessories that did not pass quality standards."

In Albay, the DTI provincial office, headed in concurrent capacity by DTI Bicol asst. regional director Rodrigo Aguilar, conducted a public demonstration at the Landco Pacific Mall grounds here, last October 4, in destroying products confiscated from stores in the province, that did not carry the required ICC and/or PS marks.

The cheap but unsafe products that were burned and crushed by a road roller amounted to some P300,000.

It was learned from Aguilar that part of the destroyed items were poor quality and undersized steel bars amounting to P175,000, confiscated from a hardware store in Tabaco City. (PIA) [top]

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