DTI R2 confiscated 3,979 uncertified goods worth Php 291,183.00 in Santiago City, Echague, Alicia, and Cauayan City during the regional enforcement conducted on 28–30 June 2022.

Sixty-two establishments were monitored, among which are major suppliers in the region. Out of the 62, 12 were issued with a Notice of Violation (NOV) and half of which are for non-compliance with the Standards Law in relation to DTI DAO 02, s. 2007 for selling goods without Philippine Standards (PS) mark or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers. Majority of the confiscated products are motorcycle inner tubes, electric kettles, electric blenders, ceiling fans, electric grills, and lighters, which are products covered by the mandatory certification of the DTI-BPS.

These suppliers were identified by the stores apprehended during the previous monitoring activities in the provinces of Cagayan, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya from whom the latter acquired the non-conforming products seized.

Aside from the violation of standards law, one was found in violation of Act No. 3883, or the Business Name Law, for operating under a business name without a BN registration certificate; two for selling commodities without the required price tag; and three for operating a service and repair enterprise without the appropriate accreditation from the DTI in violation of RA 7394, or the Consumer Act of the Philippines, particularly on its provision on Price Tag and Accreditation of Service and Repair Enterprises, respectively.

“As long as there are still non-conforming products and services in the market, DTI RO2 will not stop conducting monitoring and enforcement activities to protect consumers. We will ensure that consumers will have access only to quality-tested and certified products. All firms found not complying with DTI Fair Trade Laws shall be dealt with accordingly,” said Mr. Elmer Agorto, Chief of CPD Isabela and supervising lead during the activity.

The Consumer Protection Division has formed composite enforcement teams, comprising of DTI enforcers across the region, to intensify enforcement activities and inspections aimed at clearing the markets of non-conforming and uncertified consumer products.

Date of Release: 27 July 2022