VIRAC, Catanduanes (PIA)-The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) office here in the province has destroyed some P68,000 worth of substandard products that it seized from local stores in several operations since 2017.
According to the DTI Provincial Director Heginio Baldano, the substandard products did not carry brand names and Philippine Standard (PS) marking or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC).
Baldano said the DTI had confiscated the products because these did not carry the required labels-a violation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines and the Standards Law.
Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla of Virac town and officials of local consumer groups witnessed the destruction of uncertified electrical tapes, steel wires, building wires, Christmas lights, snap switches, and fluorescent lamp starters.
The wires were disposed through auction to an accredited junkshop that would cut the steel wires and strip the electric wires of their rubberized cover. On the other hand, the snap switches, various Christmas lights and lamp starters were hammered to pieces.
The uncertified products were seized from several stores during the DTI's enforcement operations from 2017 until recently.
Certain confiscated items, such as motorcycle batteries and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) worth P135, 106 in all, were excluded from the destruction.
Pursuant to a policy of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the batteries and CFLs which are considered toxic materials, will have to be disposed of in an accredited treatment plant in Bicol mainland. (PIA5/Catanduanes)