MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, March 24, 2015 (PIA) – In the time of peak construction activities this summer season, the Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) – Camiguin is intensifying its price monitoring and enforcement activities on the implementation of the Philippine National Standards (PNS) on construction materials such as cement, plywood, steel bars, angle bars and galvanized iron (G. I.) sheets.
The monitoring and enforcement team conducted the inspections around the province and found no violation from all 17 hardware stores visited this week, all were compliant to the requirements under R.A 7394, RA 4109 or the Standards Law and DAO 2, series of 2007.
Meanwhile, the DTI-Camiguin is reminding consumers to purchase only construction materials that are approved by its Bureau of Philippine Standards. Only those bearing the Philippine Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks are safe and reliable for construction use.
To ensure the quality of construction materials, the DTI requires manufacturers and importers of these products to undergo government tests and inspections.Manufacturers and importers with the PS license or ICC certificate are authorized to distribute and sell with the printed PS mark or the ICC sticker affixed their products.
These required labels convey to the consumers that the products have passed the safety and performance tests and will guide them in distinguishing reliable and safe goods from uncertified ones, which could be inferior or substandard.
DTI reminds consumers to seek for PS and ICC marks when buying construction materials.
Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines states that DTI shall conduct monitoring and enforcement activities on the marking and labeling of consumer products. Zita M. Abellare DTI-Camiguin, PIA-Cam iNET (with reports from Varry Labial)