November 10, 2021

In Region 12, the DTI has launched a crackdown on substandard items.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has initiated a new round of enforcement and monitoring actions in areas of Region 12 in response to possible uncertified and non-conforming products being marketed by businesses (Soccsksargen).

The Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau and the Bureau of Philippine Standards from the Department of Trade and Industry’s central office arrived here on Monday for the week-long campaign, which would cover three provinces and three cities in the region.

It is part of a simultaneous activity conducted by the DTI in other regions, including Mindanao, according to Ronnel Abrenica, DTI Assistant Secretary for the Consumer Protection Group.

He added that the enforcement and monitoring effort, which would include all items subject to the BPS obligatory certification, will last until November 12.

“We will not be concentrating on a single product.” “All suspected infractions will be investigated,” Abrenica stated at a press conference in Koronadal City.

He explained that the measure is in keeping with their ongoing efforts to guarantee that products sold in marketplaces and business locations meet or exceed government quality standards.

It also aims to create awareness about products and consumer safety in the area, according to him.

The team has conducted random inspections in the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan, Kudarat, and Sarangani, as well as the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, and Tacurong in Region 12.

The compliance of commercial facilities with numerous technical rules, particularly the Philippine Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) criteria, would be closely monitored, according to Mary Ann Morales, head of DTI-12’s consumer protection division.

Electrical and home appliances are examples of products that must be certified and display the relevant PS markings or ICC labels.

The enforcement teams will issue violation warnings and seize any uncertified products found inside business facilities.

“This is to safeguard our customers.” If there are any infractions, we will make sure that they are addressed and that they do not occur again,” Morales added.

According to Abrenica, the erring businesses could face administrative and criminal penalties, as well as possible incarceration.

He warned that, depending on the number of seized uncertified products, violators could face significant fines under the administrative punishments.

“The fine will be determined by the item and model, and it may be up to PHP100,000,” he explained.

DTI-12 burned around PHP2.3 million worth of uncertified products seized in a series of product monitoring and enforcement activities in the region last June.

Miscellaneous light-emitting diode or LED bulbs, assorted electronic products, household appliances, and equal leg angle bars were among the confiscated items found in seven of the 19 locations searched by DTI-12 teams.

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