DTI conducts special monitoring and enforcement operations in NCR
Philippines , 16 July 2021
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a special monitoring and enforcement operations in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday, 12 July 2021.
Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Ruth B. Castelo and Assistant Secretary Ronnel O. Abrenica, together with Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) Director Jeremy S. Marquez, led the price and supply monitoring of basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPCs) in grocery stores and supermarkets in the cities of Caloocan and Valenzuela, as well as the monitoring and enforcement of product standards and technical regulations in these cities.
DTI reported that the surveyed supermarkets and groceries are following the DTI Suggested Retail Price (SRP) Bulletin. The FTEB noted that the monitoring activities were done to ensure just and fair prices of BNPCs as the 60-day nationwide price freeze due to African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak just ended on Friday, 9 July 2021.
Meanwhile, the DTI enforcement team confiscated 725 substandard and uncertified electrical appliances and other consumer goods with an estimated value of P61,010.00 during the spot-check activities. Rice cookers, ceiling fans, monobloc chairs, outlets, power plugs, snap switches, light emitting diode (LED) lamps, and receptacles were the products seized by the DTI enforcers.
Further, DTI issued three Notices of Violation (NOVs) to three firms for selling products without Philippine Standard (PS) mark or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker which violate Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2 Series of 2007 pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 4109 or the Standardization Law of the Philippines and the RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.
“We reiterate our reminder to everyone to be more vigilant and attentive to undue price adjustments, unconscionable sales acts, and substandard and uncertified products being sold in the market,” Undersecretary Castelo underscored.