The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-Palawan) through the City Solid Waste Management have destroyed today, October 28, around half-a-million-worth of various items that were confiscated due to failure to pass the criteria set by the Philippine National Standards.
According to DTI Assistant Regional Director Rodolfo Mariposque, the destroyed items, which amounted to Php 522, 814.50, included electronics such as televisions, extension wires, fluorescent lights and Christmas lights, among others, and were confiscated from different establishments in the province, mostly in Puerto Princesa City, since 2014.
Mariposque reminded all establishment owners to make sure that all items they sell pass known standards, in order to avoid being penalized.
“Yung tinatawag nating PS mark at saka yung ICC mark, may mga markings ‘yan dapat. Bawat produkto may mga markings, then mayroon kaming listahan, nada-download din yun,” Mariposque explained.
“Everytime na ikaw ay nahuli ka, napag-penalty ka, tapos gagawa ka ngayon ng kasunduan doon, pinapa-desist and cease ka, doon sa pagtitinda na ‘yun dahil next time, P25K will become P50K or P75K, and then the last time na mahuli ka, magiging P150K,” he added.
The Director said that more than three instances of violation will give the DTI enough reasons to recommend to the local government unit the closure of a particular establishment.
Mariposque also encouraged all consumers to develop more awareness on product standards and urged them to be part of the Department’s advocacy.