FTEB inspects hardware stores

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (DTI-FTEB) strengthened its enforcement activities for construction materials last week and inspected 50 hardware stores in Quezon City, Caloocan City, Parañaque City, and Muntinlupa City of the National Capital Region (NCR).

The DTI-FTEB enforcement teams inspected and verified on the required labels of certain construction materials that are under the List of Philippine National Standards (PNS) for mandatory product certification of the DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS). These construction materials include Black iron (BI) and galvanized iron (GI) steel pipe; Portland cement; Pozzolan cement; Deformed steel bar; Equal-leg angle bar; Polybutylene (PB) pipe; Polyethylene (PE) pipe for potable water supply; Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) pipe for potable water supply; PVC rigid electrical conduit; PVC-U pipe for drain waste and vent; Rerolled steel bar; Sanitary ware; and, Low-carbon steel wire.

In Muntinlupa City, the New Sankim Construction Supply was found with 278 pieces of underweight steel bars and equal leg angle bars. On the other hand, the Tunasan Hardware was found selling 188 pieces of equal leg angle bars without appropriate markings; while the Ekasy Construction Supply was found selling 273 pieces of steel bars and equal leg angle with no brand and no indication of grade and length. The stores were not able to show either a Philippine Standard (PS) license Commodity Clearance (ICC) clearance for said products.

In Caloocan City, the Innie Construction Supplies was selling three (3) pieces of underweight steel bars. The DTI-FTEB enforcement teams sealed a total of 742 pieces of steel bars and equal leg angle bars with a total value of almost P200,000.00 from the said four (4) hardware stores that do not comply with the provisions of the Republic Act (R. A.) 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines and the R. A. 4109 or the Standards Law.

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