Friday, 01 August 2014 02:07
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the assistance of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crime Division (AFCCD) of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), found a total of almost 130,000 pieces of steel products that are uncertified, substandard and counterfeit.
The PNP-CIDG led the DTI in inspecting steel products that are under mandatory certification in a 3,000 square meter warehouse of Steeltower Steel Corp. in Lot 3-5, B4 Golden Gate Business Park, Barangay Buenavista, General Trias, Cavite.
Upon inspection, the DTI and PNP-CIDG found 62,290 pieces of equal leg angle bars that are uncertified, underweight and counterfeit; 53,317 pieces of underweight rerolled steel bars; 1,868 coils of uncertified Galvanized Iron (G. I.) wires; and, 5,647 pieces of substandard G. I. sheets; with a total worth of almost P35,000,000.00.
“This haul is quite a big chunk of the volume of construction materials in our country and this is vital in lessening, if not eliminating, the proliferation of uncertified and substandard steel products in the market”, Undersecretary Dimagiba stresses.