“Sub-standard products must be destroyed immediately to ensure that these products will not be distributed in the market for the purchase of unknowing consumers” said Pascual. “Our country is located within the Pacific Ring of Fire and the department needs to be extremely vigilant and has to intensify our surveillance, monitoring and enforcement of technical regulations for construction materials, especially for cement and steel products. I would like to commend the DTI Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) for their untiring efforts to consistently perform their mandates,” he added
The BPS conducted an unannounced audit when a concerned citizen reported the presence of steel bars in the market bearing an alleged unregistered logo. During the surprise factory audit, the BPS auditors found the deformed steel bars bearing markings inconsistent with the markings prescribed by DAO 18-08:2018 and MC 21-07:2021 or the technical regulations governing the mandatory certification of steel products. Subsequently, steel samples were randomly drawn and submitted to the BPS Product Testing Laboratory for independent testing. Results of the tests conducted showed that the steel bars did not conform to the requirement of PNS 49:2020, or the reference Philippine National Standard for deformed steel bars, particularly on elongation, height of lugs, average spacing, mass variations and marking requirements.
The substandard products were cut into pieces using the manufacturer’s facility and witnessed by representatives from the Bureau of Philippine Standards. After the products were cut into non-commercial lengths, the same will be transferred to the company’s smelting facility for re-processing. The company was directed to conduct analysis on the root cause of their products’ non-conformance and is required to submit the proposed corrective measures to BPS for verification. Only after the satisfactory result of the verification audit and conforming third party test results for covered products shall the BPS allow the manufacturer to resume its operation and production.
“We are reminding all manufacturers that the department shall not waiver in its mandate to protect the consumers. As we continue to promote a conducive business environment, we also expect that manufacturers, particularly of products covered by the DTI-BPS’ mandatory certification, shall consistently adhere to regulations in order to produce and distribute only good quality and safe products for the benefit of Filipino consumers,” Secretary Pascual finally said.
The DTI-BPS is under the DTI Consumer Protection Group headed by Undersecretary Ruth Castelo. Part of its mandates are to inspect and certify consumer products as to quality and safety and is currently implementing mandatory certification schemes for 111 products. For further details on its certification scheme and the list of covered products, you may visit its website at www.bps.gov.ph