DTI launches mobile app to determine product quality

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019   •   256

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a mobile application that will help consumers determine product quality.

The app known as ICC Verification System is one way DTI may address the growing number of complaints regarding defective and fake products being sold in markets.

Using the app, consumers may detect if the product is registered under DTI and has passed the screening of the Bureau of Philippine Standards by simply taking a picture of the import commodity sticker attached to the product.

If the sticker is authentic, the system will scan and generate the details of the product.

If the sticker is fake, the system will not read it.

“That’s very important because if the sticker is fake, that means the product slip passed certification process. Not having pass the certification process means the importer is not doing the right thing. The primary risk there is that the product may be substandard,” said Ruth Castelo, DTI Undersecretary for Consumer Protection Group.

The app is free download on google playstore while its IOS version is still under development.

For now, the app only applies to products with attached ICC stickers because the DTI is still polishing the system on products havin the product safety or PS markings. – MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

No price hike for 134 holiday goods – DTI

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Prices of some products will remain unchanged in the upcoming holiday season, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Friday.

The DTI said the suggested retail prices (SRP) of 134 holiday goods will be maintained including some brands of queso de bola, cheese, sandwich spread, mayonnaise, pasta spaghetti, elbow and salad macaroni, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, and creamer products.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said only of few premium brands of holiday products will increase prices while brands for mass-based markets don’t usually change.

“This is due to their fear of competition and the probability of losing market share in a price-sensitive segment,” Lopez was quoted as saying in DTI statement.

The DTI chief said six products have even lowered their prices by P11.

The agency said ham manufacturers also introduced new sizes for some of their products to make it more affordable for consumers.

The SRP of these products can be found on the website of the agency at www.dti.gov.ph or at the e-Presyo mobile app.

Lopez also advised consumers to prepare and stick to their shopping list, shop early and look out for promo bundles to save money this holiday season.

“Most importantly, I advise consumers to choose the products they find value for themselves and their family. It is advised to do the Christmas grocery shopping early and avoid the holiday rush,” Lopez said.

DTI aims for ‘Smarter Entrepreneurs’ for Phl

Maris Federez   •   July 16, 2019

Several business entrepreneurs on Tuesday (July 16) have joined the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

The summit aims to help small entrepreneurs on their businesses and to be “Smarter Entrepreneurs”.

The latest record of the DTI shows that the country has produced more than 900,000 MSMEs which have provided jobs to up to five million Filipinos.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s common-law wife Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña graced the event and reminisced the time when she was still a struggling businesswoman.

“I’ve been with a donut company — franchisee of a donut company for almost 22 years. Kahit na ho pakonti-konti ‘yan [Even though it was just small], 22 years (have) provided you of, you know, a decent living. Mabili mo ‘yung gusto ng anak mo. Makapaglagay ka ng pagkain sa lamesa sa pamilya mo [You can buy what your child wants. You can put food on the table for your family],” Avanceña recalled.

 “I don’t have to call my husband: ‘OK, can I buy this?’,” she added.

Meanwhile, the DTI hopes that the implementation of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business Act will help boost the small entrepreneurs in the country.

The President signed the law last year with the aim of curbing red tape in the bureaucracy.

Under the law, simple business applications must be processed within three days. A complex business application must be completed in seven days, while applications which are rather technical should only take 20-days processing time.

The law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) is expected to be signed in the very near future.

DTI chief, Sec. Ramon Lopez, has also urged the public to report to the anti-red tape authority any government personnel who will violate the said law.

“Assured ‘yung mga kababayan natin na matatakbuhan sila kapag nade-delay ‘yung mga application nila. So, pwede silang mag-complain [Our countrymen are assured that they have someone to go to when there is a delay on their application. They can file a complaint],” said Lopez.

The agency is also mulling over coming up with a “One Step” Business Registration to ease the processing of applications for a license to operate.  (with reports from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

DTI calls for suspension of ‘Chinese-only’ food park in Las Piñas

Marje Pelayo   •   May 10, 2019

Photo courtesy: DTI-Public Relations Unit

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called for the suspension of operations of a food park in Las Piñas City allegedly serving exclusively to Chinese customers.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez called on the Las Piñas local government for the suspension of China Food City.

This, after Trade officials inspected the food park and discovered that the facility lacks necessary permits to operate.

The Secretary said DTI will intervene if the LGU does not comply.

Aside from business permit, the establishment was also flagged for lack of proper sanitation permits, no proper waste disposal system, and lack of waste treatment facility.

Secretary Lopez noticed, however, that there were Filipino customers eating in the place invalidating reports of discrimination or Chinese only preference in the facility.

Lopez asked the Las Piñas Business Permits and Licensing Office to issue a suspension of operations to the establishment while the owners are working on producing the necessary documentation. – Marje Pelayo

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