PNP Chief Archie Francisco Gamboa, DILG Secretary Eduardo
Año, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar,
and MMDA Chair Danilo Lim.
substandard products like selling illegal drugs - DTI chief
February 28, 2020
QUEZON CITY –
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said
that selling substandard products is like selling illegal drugs
because both activities endanger the lives of Filipinos.
The trade secretary made
this remark during the joint press conference on 26 February 2020
with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The press conference
tackled the DILG-DTI-DPWH Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No.
2019-01 on ensuring safe, adaptive, and disaster resilient
The JMC aims to prepare
the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) for the potential devastation
in the event of “The Big One” – or a magnitude 7.2 earthquake
resulting from the movement of the West Valley Fault.
According to PHILVOLCS OIC
for Earthquake and Earthquake Hazards Ishmael Narag, The Big One can
potentially kill more than 48,000 people and around 24,000 more in
Under the circular, all
local governments are ordered to assess the structural integrity of
all public and private buildings, facilities if they conform to the
National Building Code of the Philippines.
For his part, Secretary
Lopez assured that the Bureau of Philippine Standards imposes
compliance to the Philippine National Standards, which is aligned
with its international counterparts. The standards for critical
construction materials such as steel, cement, and concrete have also
been developed and reviewed periodically.
“We even made the
procedures stricter in testing standard compliance. For example, we
have adjusted the sampling. Before, we only test three pieces no
matter how large the imported steel shipment. Now, we are conforming
to ISO’s ideal sample size: 50 pieces for 20,000 MT,” said Sec.
He also mentioned
additional inspections for local steel manufacturers. As such, he
said that DTI is collaborating with DILG and the PNP in conducting
surprise inspections on suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers of
“We would have to trace
the sources, the distributors, warehouses, as well as the source of
the manufacturers. To guarantee that substandard materials are kept
out of the market, those who fail to comply with requirements can
face payment of penalties, revocation of permits, and possible
imprisonment,” said Sec. Lopez.
Aside from product
standards, DTI is also coordinating with food manufacturers,
retailers, and distributors to coordinate food supply and delivery
to the GMMA in case of earthquakes and other disasters.
“We asked the food
manufacturers and retailers for their committed supply and
designated areas for delivery in case of natural disasters in the
GMMA. This arrangement will just be triggered and run automatically.
Some of these will be donated and the others will be paid by the
government. We currently have technical working groups finalizing
this arrangement,” said Sec. Lopez.