The Department of Trade and Industry-Negros Occidental is reminding consumers to check goods for the ISO and IEC standards markers to ensure safety and reliability.
The provincial office is lobbying for the activities of the bureau in supporting industries and protecting consumers' welfare through the development, circulation, implementation and standardization activities in the country, in line with the DTI-Bureau of Philippines Standards, said Provincial Director Lea Gonzales, said.
DTI-BPS is a member of the International Organization for Standardization and International Electrotechnical Commission.
Gonzales said standards do not only provide safe and reliable products in the market, it also promotes business and economic growth.
Standards save production time and money and enhances customer satisfaction while increasing productivity and competitive advantages, she said and DTI-BPS is tasked to employ and promote the Philippine National Standards as mandated by the Republic Act 4109, series of 1964.
BPS has listed priority areas for standards development and is guided by the Philippine Development Plan (2011-2016); Investment Priorities Plan; international commitments in the World Trade Organization and WTO Technical Barriers to Trade and the ASEAN priorities and work programs under the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation; and standards for products for consumer protection.
Locally, DTI-Neg. Occ. implements directives from BPS and monitors products under mandatory certification, she also said.*KBC
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