DTI 7 tells consumers to buy only PS, ICC marked products

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THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 is warning the public against buying substandard products without Philippine Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks and the required labeling according to their relevant Philippine National Standards (PNS).

The agency is also encouraging manufacturers, importers and distributors to sell only those critical products that passed quality and safety tests.

The required labeling and PS and ICC marks indicate that the products are reliable and safe for use.

This advisory came at a time when people are busy repairing their homes after the catastrophic Typhoon Odette hit some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao on Dec. 16, 2021, causing billions of pesos worth of property damage.

As stated in Republic Act 4109 or the Standards Law, the distribution or sale of any product that does not conform to the BPS Product Certification Scheme, required and applicable PNS quality or safety standards and tests is prohibited.

There are 72 products under the BPS Product Certification Scheme, and these are classified into three groups, namely: electrical and electronic products, mechanical/building and construction materials and chemical and other consumer products.

Moreover, to avoid compromising consumers’ safety, the agency said it runs after and cracks down on establishments that sell uncertified, inferior or substandard products.

Meanwhile, to protect consumers from unfair trade practices during the rebuilding process, the DTI 7 said it has also intensified the monitoring of construction supplies.

“The department is making sure that prices of prime commodities are at reasonable levels in pursuance of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act; and of Republic Act 71 or the Price Tag Law,” the DTI said.

The Price Tag Law requires that all consumer products sold in retail to the public shall have appropriate price tag, label, or marking indicating their prices and shall not be sold at a higher price than that stated on the price tag.

Both laws protect consumers from illegal acts of price manipulation, such as hoarding, profiteering, and cartel. (with PR)

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