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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FTEB enforced standards for construction materials

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.

Anti-investment scams training conducted

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the United States Federal Trade Commission (US FTC) and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (US SEC), conducted a three-day capability building training for local enforcement agencies responsible for addressing issues related to pyramiding and investment scams last 25-27 May 2016 at the Pan Pacific Hotel Manila.

The training aims to capacitate local enforcement authorities to be able to identify unlawful pyramiding and investment schemes to better protect the consumers, especially those belonging to the lower-income bracket who are most vulnerable to “get rich quick” offers. A prosecutorial training is also set on the third day to sharpen the skills of investigators and government lawyers who handle cases related to fraud schemes.

The US FTC and US SEC designed the training based on the current legal and enforcement setup of the Philippines to make the topics more responsive to the needs of the country in terms of addressing fraudulent marketing schemes.

The training modules include Fundamentals of Pyramiding and Investment Schemes, Overview of Marketing Scams in the Philippines, US and Philippine Pyramid Scheme Models, and Consumer Advocacy Programs on Pyramiding and Investment Scams, among others.

DTI releases school supplies price guide

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Consumer Protection Advocacy Bureau (DTI-CPAB) releases the 2016 Price Guide for School Supplies to assist the consumers on their purchases as well as the retailers on their distribution and sale.

The guide includes the Suggested Retail Prices (SRPs) for school supplies that were issued by manufacturers to retailers so as to ensure market share and fair competition in the market.  These prices factor in the production cost, distribution cost, and profit margins of retailers and distributors.

The 2016 version of the Gabay features a new format in which products are classified according to prices with no changes, increases and decreases for easy reading and reference of consumers.

The price guide was published Published on 17 May 2016 in Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Abante and Bulgar.