DTI destroys P68k worth of substandard products
posted 29-Oct-2018  ·  
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VIRAC VICE MAYOR. Arlynn Arcilla uses a hammer to destroy substandard Christmas lights at the parking lot of the DTI provincial office where other confiscated goods were destroyed.

Over P68,000.00 worth of substandard products confiscated from local stores were destroyed last week at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Catanduanes provincial office.

Virac Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla joined DTI provincial director Heginio Baldano and officials of local consumer groups in the destruction of uncertified electrical tapes, steel wires, building wires, Christmas lights, snap switches, and fluorescent lamp starters.

According to the DTI, the substandard products did not indicate its brand name and had no PS or ICC mark. The wires were disposed of through auction to an accredited junkshop, which will cut the steel wires and strip the rubber covering from the electrical wires.

The snap switches, various Christmas lights and lamp starters were hammered to pieces during the activity held in the morning of Oct. 19, 2018. The uncertified products were seized from several stores during the DTI’s enforcement activity on product standards from 2017 until this year.

Dir. Baldano said the destroyed and disposed of products do not include motorcycle batteries and compact fluorescent lamps worth a total of P135,106.00.

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 the mainland.

The DTI provincial office is still waiting for clearance from the DENR regional office before transporting the batteries and CFLs through an accredited trucker at its own expense to the treatment plant.

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