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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

DTI Kalinga destroys confiscated uncertified products

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

Tabuk City, Kalinga – The Department of Trade and Industry-Kalinga recently destroyed several uncertified products which were confiscated in 2014, 2019, 2020, and 2021 from 16 various establishments in the province.

These include bulbs, Christmas lights, helmet, and other electrical and household appliances which were displayed for sale, despite having invalid if not fake Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) and Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) markings.

DTI, as a process, soaked the products for about 13 hours in water and cut the wires to ensure that the products will no longer be functional.

The use of fake safety seals or non-use of safety seal is a violation of Department Administrative Order 2 series of 2007 which states “manufacturers of any product covered by mandatory product certification are required to first secure a Philippine Standard license prior to selling, offering for sale, or otherwise disposing of their products.”

DTI also emphasized that the destruction of said products is a message to store owners to comply with the mandatory standards ‘to give emphasis to their severity in endangering lives and properties.’

During the ceremonial destruction, the department headed by Provincial Director Renie Ramos explained that the products are not included in the list of the ICC number indicated in the packages and without going through the proper process, these can ‘affect the consumers’ lives and properties.’

The department reiterated that the officers had been ‘massively conducting information, education and communication (IEC) activities prior to the confiscation.’

Owners of establishments whose products were confiscated were penalized with ‘P25,000 for every kind of product for first offence’ and signed ceased and desist.

Persisting illegal selling may cause a suspension of business operation or worst, the cancellation of permit, license, authority, or registration.

The electrical confiscated products were submerged to ensure non-functionality.

These will then be turned over to the authorized transporter, ‘pending the processing of DENR ID’.

The event is part of Consumer welfare Month this October.


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