DTI, nagbabala vs pagbili ng mga iligal at substandard na mga pailaw

Robie de Guzman   •   December 18, 2020   •   569

MANILA, Philippines – Muling nagbabala sa publiko ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) laban sa pagbili ng holiday lights na walang kaukulang dokumento at product label.

Ginawa ng DTI ang babala matapos mag-inspeksyon sa isang pamilihan sa Quezon City kung saan nakumpiska ang mga pailaw na walang selyo o Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) at Philippine Standard (PS) mark.

May nakita rin ang DTI na mga pailaw na walang maayos na manufacturing label habang ang ilan naman ay nakasulat sa ibang wika.

Ayon kay DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo, delikadong gamitin ang mga ganitong produkto lalo’t isa sa mga dahilan ng mga insidente ng sunog kapag holiday season ay ang mga palyadong holiday lights.

Payo ni Castelo sa mga mamimili, siguruhing may PS mark ang bibilhing produkto dahil nangangahulugan itong pasado ang produkto sa standard.

“Hanapin nila yung PS Mark na ini-issue ng Bureau of Philippine Standards para sigurado silang na-test yung produkto bago nila bilhin. Kasi kung hindi iyon na-test, hindi natin alam, pwedeng safe, pwedeng hindi, pero manghuhula ang consumer niyan,” ang pahayag ni Castelo.

Ayon sa DTI, iligal ang holiday lights na walang kaukulang selyo at maaaring maharap sa mabigat parusa ang may-ari ng tindahan kung hindi nito matutukoy ang importer ng mga naturang produkto.

“Penalty maximum under the Consumer Act as a fine is 300,000 pesos. But there’s a concomitant criminal liability na may kulong. And then we can also file a case, kasong violation ng product labelling yon di ba, may Revised Penal Code pa,” ang pahayag ni Castelo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

QC lawmaker calls for arrest of hoarders, price manipulators of flu medicines

Maris Federez   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Quezon City 2nd District Representative Precious Hipolito Castelo has called on the authorities to go after and arrest those who overstock and manipulate the prices of essential medicines such as paracetamol and flu medicines, resulting in pharmacies running short of supplies.

Castelo said there are existing laws and local ordinances that prohibit hoarding and price manipulation.

Castelo called on authorities to ensure that these laws and ordinances are strictly implemented to protect the interest and welfare of the public, especially the poor.

“The concerned authorities should enforce these to protect the interest and welfare of our people, especially the poor. Hoarding denies the poor access to essential products like medicines and increases the prices of these commodities,” Castelo said.

The Department of Health had earlier said that there is no shortage of paracetamol or other flu medicines.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), however, confirmed that two popular brands of pharmaceutical company, Unilab, have run out of stock in other areas in the country.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez ensured that new stocks of these medicines will be delivered the soonest time possible. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Employers urged to strictly enforce protocols, promote work-from-home setup amid rising COVID cases

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday reminded employers from the public and private sectors to firmly enforce minimum public health standards amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.

In a joint statement, the agencies said employers should also “encourage work-from-home setup or alternative work arrangements, whenever possible,” saying it is critical during this period of exponential increase in cases.

For those working on-site, the employers are reminded to implement the following:

  • Assign and designate health safety officers to remind employees of minimum public health standards as well as to monitor and track symptoms
  • Ensure proper ventilation and avoid closed spaces
  • Close down pantries or areas where people can meet up maskless.
  • Facilitate isolation for symptomatic (for 10 days) or quarantine for close contacts (14 days non-vaccinated, 7 days vaccinated) and testing of symptomatic employees
  • Provide adequate assistance for individuals who are undergoing quarantine and isolation such as support for medicine, food, and others
  • Promote the use of bicycles or walking to the office to avoid exposure in crowded places
  • Comply strictly on inspecting proof of vaccination in premises or business operations where these are required by the IATF

“Employees with symptoms should stay home, isolate, and maximize the use of telemedicine services with healthcare providers,” the statement read.

Options for telemedicine services can be viewed at this link.

“All employers are strongly encouraged to coordinate with the local government unit’s epidemiological and surveillance unit for specific response and reporting guidance,” the agencies said.

Drug firms working to replenish supply of paracetamol in pharmacies – DTI

Robie de Guzman   •   January 5, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Pharmaceutical companies are now working to speed up the delivery of stocks of popular brands of paracetamol following reports on its lack of supply in drugstores, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Wednesday.

In an advisory, the DTI said the popular brands of paracetamol went out of stock in some pharmacies “due to the sudden increase in demand.”

Paracetamol is a medication used to treat common pains and fevers.

The DTI reiterated that there was no shortage of paracetamol and other medicines used to manage flu-like symptoms.

“Rest assured that there is enough supply, and deliveries are being expedited to replenish retail stock inventories,” the department said.

In a radio interview, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said manufacturers did not expect the rise in demand for paracetamol and other medicines, and the pharmacies’ normal inventory was not prepared.

He urged the public not to panic buy and to only purchase the necessary quantity.

“The Department of Trade and Industry is also in touch with drugstores and pharmacies to limit purchase quantity and prevent panic buying,” the DTI said.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said that paracetamol has many generic alternatives in the market, which are available in many drug stores nationwide. Other medicines for cough and colds are also available.

The department also appealed to consumers “to refrain from hoarding, panic-buying or unnecessary purchases of such medications when not clinically warranted.”




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