Koronadal City, South Cotabato — The Department of Trade and Industry 12 (DTI-12) destroyed on 21 June 2021 around P80,313 worth of uncertified products in the series of product surveillance and enforcement operations it has conducted in the General Santos City.

Jude Constantine S. Jaugan, DTI-12 Regional Director, said that the destruction of uncertified mandatory products was a strong message of DTI to the public that the agency is looking at the welfare and safety of the consumers.

The confiscated products consist of LED bulbs and household appliances that were found without government product standard markings under the Philippine National Standards (PNS).

The destruction which was held at the General Santos City Sanitary Landfill was witnessed by the representatives of the Commission on Audit, Gensan Consumer Group, Waste Management Department of LGU Gensan, and the local media.

“The seized products do not bear the Philippine Standard (PS) mark and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers which means that these were not certified by the Bureau of Philippine Standards, and may cause harm to the consumers,” said Dir. Jaugan.

The disposal of the uncertified products is in compliance with the DTI Department Administrative Order 17, Series of 1990 which states that seized products that adversely affect safety shall be destroyed or condemned.

Dir. Jaugan also added, “We urge the consumers to always check for the PS marks for local products and ICC stickers for imported products before buying appliances and electronic devices.” DTI-12 conducts regular monitoring and enforcement activities in the region to ensure the protection of consumers from uncertified and substandard products. ♦

Date of Release: 6 January 2022