The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a series of enforcement activities in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) last 02-05 April 2019, as part the agency’s intensified monitoring and enforcement efforts for the promotion of product quality and consumer safety.

Led by DTI-Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) Director Ronnel O. Abrenica together with the CAR Regional Consumer Protection Division, the enforcement teams confiscated a total of 12,820 pieces of construction materials such as steel bars, angle bars, and uPVC pipes amounting to more than Three million pesos (Php 3,000,000.00).

Out of the 29 monitored establishments in the region, 16 Notices of Violation (NOVs) were issued to those found selling alleged substandard and uncertified products that bear no Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark.

Director Abrenica explains that through the NOVs, the establishments are given 48 hours to submit their written explanation to the DTI as part of the administrative due process before the filing of formal charges.

Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo reiterates that, “The DTI will stop at nothing in tracking down unscrupulous businesses. The protection of consumers is our utmost priority and we remain steadfast in our commitment. As the Department continues to intensify its monitoring and enforcement efforts, we advise the public to remain vigilant when purchasing products, especially construction materials. Always look for the PS or ICC mark to be assured of quality and safety.”

For the complete list of products that should bear the PS and ICC marks, please visit the BPS portal at To report establishments selling uncertified and non-conforming products, please call the DTI Consumer Care Hotline 1-384 (1-DTI) or email to♦

Date of Release: 8 May 2019