The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) initiated today, October 6, a ‘ceremonial destruction’ of various materials that were confiscated by DTI-Palawan due to failure to pass the criteria set by the Philippine National Standards. The destroyed items, which were deemed low in quality, defective, volatile or lacking PS and ICC markings, included electronics such as televisions, extension wires, fluorescent lights and Christmas lights, as well as sanitary wears, among others.
Persival Narbonita, Senior Trade and Industry Development Officer, said in an interview that the confiscated items were from different parts of Palawan, especially from Puerto Princesa.
Narbonita added that the government is still working on their ability to capture and confiscate defective materials on a weekly-basis. She encouraged consumers to develop more awareness on product standards and urged them to be part of the government’s advocacy.
“Hinihikayat naming ang mga mamimili, kagaya sa mga estudyante Kasi sila ay isa sa mga vigilant na mga consumers. Sila ang magiging parner namin sa pagbabantay at pagmamatyag sa palengke o tindahan kung ito ay hindi naaayon sa batas ng products standards.”
Likewise, Narbonita said the DTI is also encouraging establishments, negotiators and marketing officers to inspect the products they are selling and to check for PS and ICC markings. “Sana makipagcooperate sila para maiwasan ang mga ‘di kanais-nais na kaso,” Narbonita added.