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DTI holds seminar for gov’t officers

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 25 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has conducted an orientation on trade regulations for government procurement officers which gave emphasis on quality and safety of products.

DTI Standards officer Danilo Fontanos, in an interview on Tuesday, advised that before buying products, check the accreditation markings first to ensure that these are quality and safe products.

He said that in buying locally made products, the public should look for the Philippine Standards (PS) Quality Certification Mark or PS Safety Certification mark, which refer to a product’s conformity to product quality and safety standards that usually appear on the product itself or on the product’s packaging.

The Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) issues the PS license to a manufacturer whose product successfully complied with the requirements of Philippine National Standards (PNS).

In buying imported products, the public should check for the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark which attests that a certain imported product is covered by the mandatory PNS.

Fontanos said the BPS/DTI issues the ICC to an importer whose product has successfully complied with the requirements of a PNS.

He further said that products without these necessary licenses should not be distributed in the market therefore consumers should be careful not to buy them.

Fontanos reminds manufacturers, retailers and distributors to check on their products first before they put it on sale for the public.

The orientation aims to provide government supply officers with applicable knowledge in product standards, shop accreditation, contractors licensing and warranties.

Fontanos said the participants pledged to abide by existing fair trade laws and regulations. (PNA)

RMA/JOJOLAMARIA/JSD

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