DTI-Nueva Ecija monitoring hardware stores for uncertified products
The Department of Trade and Industry in Nueva Ecija has vowed to regularly monitor hardware stores against the proliferation and selling of uncertified mandatory products, particularly steel and cement, amid quarantine restrictions due to the coronavirus disease.
According to a report in Punto newspaper, Romeo Eusebio Faronilo, chief of consumer protection division of DTI-NE, said they inspected 28 hardware stores in the province in January where they checked approved PS (Philippine Standard) or ICC (Import Commodity Clearance) marks on the products under mandatory certification, specifically steel bars, both deformed and rerolled.
“Upon thorough verification and inspection, it was found out that all the hardware stores were compliant to product standards law,” Faronilo was quoted as saying.
He added that the stores were selling only those bearing the approved logos or markings.
Other construction materials such as cement, angle bar, UPVC pipes, and electrical products were also inspected to ensure compliance with PS and ICC-related laws.
The DTI explained that PS and ICC marks proved that the products have been inspected for safety and performance prior to sale and distribution.
Faronilo said in the report that the DTI may confiscate uncertified products and impose penalties on erring establishments by virtue of its authority to enforce and implement laws on trade and industry.
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