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DTI intensifies info campaign on substandard construction materials

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Department of Trade and Industry through its Consumer Welfare Trade Regulations Group (CWTRG) and the Regional Operations Development Group (RODG), in coordination with the Philippine Product Safety and Quality Foundation (PPSQF) intensifies its campaign against the proliferation of substandard construction materials through the launch of posters for the construction sector yesterday.

DTI Secretary Peter B. Favila stressed that as the main component in the building houses, offices, schools, bridges, and other infrastructure, the DTI regulates the manufacture and sale of construction materials for it greatly affects life, health, safety and property of consumers.

“The Department continuous its sustained market monitoring of building materials, especially steel bars in preparation of the construction season this coming summer to protect the public from substandard products,” added Undersecretary for Consumer Welfare Zenaida Cuison Maglaya.

Through the BPS Product Certification Scheme, manufacturers, importers and distributors of construction materials (i.e. steel bars, cement, nails, etc.) are required to have their products tested based on the relevant PNS at the BPS Testing Center or at any BPS-accredited or recognized laboratory prior its sale to protect consumers from purchasing inferior products.

Only those manufacturers and importers, whose products pass the requirements of the standard, are issued with a Philippine Standard (PS) License and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) for locally-made and imported products, respectively.  They are also required to register their logo with BPS, which should be embossed in the product together with the size of the steel bar.

“In buying steel bars, consumers should always check if it bears the embossed logo of the manufacturer, the bar size and grade of the product to be assured that these are of good quality and not undersized,” advises DTI-BPS Director-in-Charge Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba.

Meanwhile, information materials which include posters which feature various products covered in the list for mandatory testing and certification will be posted on hardware and construction establishments.

The materials were prepared by the DTI’s Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) in cooperation with the Philippine Product Quality and Safety Foundation (PPSQF) to instill awareness in consumers as what is it to look for to be assured of safe and quality construction materials as the construction season commences on the onset of summer.

Hardware and Construction stores are requested to cooperate in the drive by posting these materials in conspicuous places where customers can see and learn more about construction material standards.

The posters will be distributed nationwide under with the help of DTI Regional and Provincial offices.  The product posters include construction materials such as cement, electrical wiring devices, plywood, steel bars and steel angle bars.

DTI enjoins the buying public to patronize only PS and ICC-marked products in the market. Consumers can report or file a complaint against substandard products through DTI Direct 751-3330, text DTI <space> message and send to 2920 for Globe and Smart subscribers or visit DTI at Trade and Industry Bldg., #361 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City.
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