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DTI to launch new ICC sticker to identify fake products

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2019

DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo shows the fake ICC stickers on imported goods

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will launch a new Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers that will protect consumers from fake products.

These fake items, the agency noted, may cause fire especially the ones made with substandard materials.

The most common examples are light bulbs that appear genuine because of fake Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers attached to them.

Some items even bear the logo of the DTI.

ICC stickers are product quality seal the DTI attaches to imported products that pass the country’s product safety standards.

If an item bears a product safety (PS) mark, it means the manufacturer is DTI-registered.

According to DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo, there are ways to identify if the ICC sticker is fake or genuine.

“Ang ICC mark is supposed to be moving. Nagre-rainbow siya. Hindi sya pwedeng flat, (The ICC mark is supposed to be moving, reflecting a rainbow. It cannot be flat,)” Castelo said.

The DTI said the new stickers will have additional features that will enable consumers to easily identify the fake from the genuine sticker.

The agency preferred not to show the full feature of the sticker so as not to preempt its launch and to protect it from forgers.

“Nagmo-move siya. It’s a hologram tapos mayroong naka-embed na QR code saka yung license number ng importer nakalagay dito, (It’s moving. It’s a hologram with an embedded QR code as well as the license number of the manufacturer,)” the official explained.

Castelo stressed that substandard light bulbs can easily catch fire because of low quality materials.

The DTI said it is not practical to buy fake products though they are cheap because they easily worn out.

“P80 pesos nga sobrang mura pero ang kapalit naman noon isang buong community na mauubos, (At P80 pesos, yes, it’s cheap but it could cost an entire community,)” Castelo warned.

According to fire officials in NCR, in Metro Manila alone fire incidents increased by 4.64% from January to March 15 this year as compared to last year. Most of the causes are attributed to poor electrical connections. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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DTI seizes substandard electronic products

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2018

DTI officers confiscating the substandard items for sale on this store

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confiscated substandard electronic products from a store in Tayuman, Manila.

The DTI discovered that the said products contain fake ICC stickers and have no Philippine Standard (PS) mark.

“Kasi para din naman sa safety ng consumers yan. Hindi naman natin basta nireregulate para ma regulate but we have a purpose for that,” said DTI Usec. Ruth Castelo.

(This is also for the safety of the consumers. We do not randomly regulate for the sake of regulating. We have a purpose for that.)

The owner of the said store may face charges for violating the Consumer Act with a fine ranging from P25,000 to P300,000.  — UNTV News & Rescue

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DTI’s Diskwento Caravan offers quality products at low prices

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017

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Import Commodity Clearance mark assures buyers of authentic and quality imported goods.

MANILA, Philippines – Discounts ranging from 5% to 50% per item may be availed on prime commodities such as food products as well as on other certified products such as appliances and other devices at the Department of Trade Industry’s (DTI) Diskwento Caravan which officially opened on Monday.

“Ang ine-emphasize dito natin o binibigyang diin natin dito yung product safety and quality na kinakailangan na maging vigilant o very active yung ating mga consumers sa pagtingin kung ang kanilang binibiling produkto ay umaayon sa standards,” DTI-Fare Trade Enforcement Bureau Asst. Dir. Ferdinand Manfoste said.

(What is being emphasized here is product safety and quality. Consumers need to be vigilant and very active in checking whether the products they buy pass the standards.)

Shopper Joy Macapagal enjoyed buying discounted products.

She was able to save almost a thousand from the two pairs of Marikina-made shoes she bought for herself and her husband.

“Maganda bumili sa mga ganito kasi nakakadiscount ng malaki katulad nito 50% off yung shoes tsaka napakamaganda ‘yung quality ng shoes nila kaya mas preferred ko dito kaysa dun sa mahal tapos di naman maganda ‘yung quality,” Macapagal said.

(It’s good to buy from [trade fairs] because you can have big discounts like this. The shoes are 50% off and their shoes have very good quality so I prefer buying here than elsewhere that sells expensive products but are not of good quality.)

Meanwhile, DTI reminds consumers to check the quality of the product before purchasing it.

Products that are locally made should have Philippine Standard or PS mark while imported items should have
Import Commodity Clearance or ICC mark.

To make sure that the sticker or mark is original and not fake, one may call the DTI call center at 751-3330 and give the product’s control number.

Diskwento Caravan is open from 8am to 5pm until Friday, Oct. 13 in front of the UPRC bldg. along Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

The caravan will open in various areas of the Philippines throughout October alongside the Consumer Welfare Month celebration. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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NBI warns of fake medicines and products

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) warns the public against the proliferation of fake medicines and products.

This, after the agency discovered the spread of fake antibiotic pills and anti-tetanus vaccines in Negros Occidental.

The NBI has also discovered counterfeit consumer goods such as shavers, lighters, and soaps.

Authorities have already identified, and are now monitoring, stores in the province that sell these fraudulent items.

Meanwhile, authorities said that a medicine is possibly fake if it is sold cheaper than its original price in the market and has a different smell and appearance.

The NBI and the complainant are still gathering enough evidence before officially filing charges against these sellers.

“We can confiscate the products and file a proper case against them. We all know that there are fake products here but we are always waiting for them to move to file a complaint,” said NBI agent William de Arca Jr.

Authorities also advise the public to be extra cautious in purchasing products that are cheaper.  Examine the items thoroughly and, as much as possible, buy from accredited stores. — Yoshiko Sata | UNTV News & Rescue

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