The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has charged five establishments in Cebu and 13 others in Bohol for selling products that do not bear the Philippine Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks.
The DTI also seized their merchandise, including construction materials, household appliances and electrical products.
DTI Central Visayas regional director Asteria C. Caberte, in a statement on April 5, 2019, said the erring establishments were charged for violation of the Standards Law (Republic Act 4109) and Consumer Act of the Philippines (RA 7394).
She said the Standards Law prohibits the distribution or sale of any product that does not conform to the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) product certification scheme and required Philippine National Standards (PNS) quality or safety standards and tests.
“The DTI encourages our manufacturers, importers, and distributors to sell only those critical products that passed quality and safety tests. More so, the presence of the required labeling and PS and ICC marks indicates that their products are reliable and safe for use," Caberte said.
She warned that the department will continue to go after eatablishments that sell uncertified, inferior or substandard products. (Ventures Cebu)