The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it confiscated about 6 million pesos of uncertified products last month, while the National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) said it seized 63 million pesos. of potential counterfeit products.
The DTI said in a statement Wednesday that its Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) seized an actual value of 5.89 million pesos of uncertified products in the National Capital Region and the Visayas.
He said the FTEB confiscated a total of 37,870 pieces of uncertified products after conducting a series of random verification activities at 324 local establishments, 175 of which received Notices of Violation (NOVs) for selling products. of consumption without the quality mark and the required marks. and labels certifying that the products have passed the mandatory DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) product certification process and have been declared safe to use.
Chemicals, electrical and electronic products, mechanical products, building and construction materials and other consumer products covered by the DTI-BPS mandatory product certification process were among the consumer goods seized, a added the Commerce Department.
The government’s failure to comply with mandatory markings will lead to the DTI taking legal action against traders who have obtained NOVs, he warned.
“No matter how small the number, as long as there are still uncertified products being sold in the market, our monitoring and enforcement team will always be on the move to curb the proliferation of uncertified products nationwide” , Ruth Castelo, commerce undersecretary for the consumer protection group, reportedly said.
For its part, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (Ipophl) said its 15-member NCIPR seized 63 million pesos worth of potentially counterfeit goods from the Greenhills mall in the city of San Juan.
He added that the operation, which resulted in the seizure of 755 fake Louis Vuitton products, is part of the committee’s decision to remove Greenhills from the US Trade Representative’s list of notorious markets for counterfeiting and piracy.
The shopping complex is the only market in the country on the list.
“Unless radically changed, Greenhill’s reputation as a benchmark for counterfeits will harm our country’s reputation, ultimately affecting our economic interests in the United States and other trading partners who attach great importance to the protection of intellectual property,” said Ipophl’s deputy general manager, Teodoro Pascua.