DTI donates seized tiles to public schools

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LEGAZPI CITY (26-Nov-2012/PNA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has donated tons of imported floor and wall tiles seized from business establishments in Bicol to various public schools in the region.

The tiles were confiscated for not bearing Import Compliance Certificate (ICC) stickers by DTI regional monitoring and enforcement teams in a string of inspections on establishments’ compliance to the Philippine National Standards and the Consumers Act of 2002 or Republic Act 7394.

Under DTI Administrative Order No. 2 series of 2012, the department’s regional and provincial offices have been directed to conduct regular monitoring of goods sold to consumers making sure locally manufactured products bear Product Standard (PS) marks and ICC stickers on imported commodities.

Rodrigo Aguilar, DTI Albay provincial manager, said hundreds of boxes of imported tiles without ICC stickers were seized from at least four stores in Albay province. Anumber of stores in Sorsogon, Masbate, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte were also found of similar violations and seized with unmarked tiles.

Aside from confiscation, the establishments, all found violating for the first time, were fined P25,000 each.

DTI Bicol Director Jocelyn Blanco has authorized her provincial managers to coordinate donations of seized goods to public schools since the department has no existing storage facility in the region.

The tiles are devoted to construction of comfort rooms, wash areas and kitchens on home economics buildings in public schools. (PNA)

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