DAVAO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region has further strengthened its commitment towards product standards, as it continuously carry out initiatives to campaign for the Bureau of Philippines Standards’ (BPS) Product Certification Scheme.

Through its Consumer Protection Division (CPD), the agency spearheaded the Seminar on Product Standards last September 29 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel here.

With the theme, “Standards Make Cities Smarter,” the activity served as a venue to provide information awareness on the Republic Act 4109 or Standards Law and various DTI issuance.

These include the following:

  • Department Administrative Order No. 04:2008, “The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Scheme of the Bureau of Philippine Standard;” 
  • Department Administrative Order No. 05:2008, “The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Issuance of the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) under the Product Certification Mark Scheme of the Bureau of Philippine Standards;” 
  • Department Administrative Order No. 15-01:2015, “Guidelines on the Mandatory Marking, Labeling and Packaging  for  Delisted Products under the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Scheme;” and,
  • Department Administrative Order No. 17-05:2017, “New Guidelines for Mandatory Certification of Portland Cement and Blended Hydraulic Cement with Pozzolan Covered by PNS 07:2005 and PNS 63:2006, respectively.

The said seminar is part of the celebration of the National Standards Week on October 8 to 14 and World Standards Day on October 14.). It also kicked off the region’s 2017 Consumer Welfare Month celebration. 

Stakeholders from both the public and private sectors representing the construction and hardware industry, consumer organizations and academic institutions were among the 175 participants of the one-day activity. 

The three resource persons from the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) discussed the importance of Product Certification Scheme and the Philippine National Standards’ (PNS) requirements on the mandatory markings and labeling for the electrical and electronic products, mechanical/building and construction materials and chemical and other consumer products under this system.

“This campaign will heighten retailer and consumer awareness and vigilance for quality and safe products,” Ambi said. 

For more information about product standards and other consumer-related concerns, anyone may visit DTI-Davao Regional Office at 4F Mintrade Realty Building, corner Monteverde and Sales Streets, Davao City. They may also contact them through landline number (082) 224-0511, local 417 and 420 (Consumer Protection Division).