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DTI issues guidelines to implement DAO on cement

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued a memorandum circular on the Supplemental Guidelines for the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 17-06:2017 or The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Mandatory Certification of Portland Cement and Blended Hydraulic Cement with Pozzolan.

The Memorandum Circular (MC) 18-09:2018 or the Supplemental Guidelines for DAO 17-06:2017 aims to secure the manufacturer’s and/or importer’s undertaking to perform its duties in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Certificate of Conditional Release issued by the DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS).

The DAO 17-06:2017 or The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Mandatory Certification of Portland Cement and Blended Hydraulic Cement with Pozzolan specifies that an importer shall apply for a Statement of Confirmation (SOC) on a per product, per shipment, per Bill of Lading basis prior to its distribution in the market.

“We have issued these supplemental guidelines for DAO 17-06:2017 to strictly ensure that only cement sourced from a manufacturing plant holding a valid PS License, and whose product has successfully passed the requirements of the relevant standard and the BPS Product Certification Scheme are available for purchase of consumers in the market,” DTI-Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary Ruth B. Castelo emphasized.

Under the Section 1 of the MC 18-09, a Show Cause Order (SCO) shall be issued to a manufacturer or importer who failed to comply with the legal and technical requirements or whose product/s failed to conform to these requirements. An SCO may include a Cease and Desist Order for the manufacturers/importers to refrain from supplying, distributing, selling or displaying the products until the said SCO is lifted.

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DTI proposes mandatory certification for glass products

The Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) has proposed a new administrative order on the mandatory product certification of locally manufactured or imported glass products.

The draft DAO aims to strictly ensure that glass products meet the specified safety and/or quality requirement/s as prescribed by relevant Philippine National Standards (PNS). This draft document provides the New Technical Regulations Concerning the Mandatory Product Certification of flat glass, heat-strengthened and fully tempered flat glass, laminated glass and laminated safety glass in building, and bent glass.

Under the proposed DAO, only glass products sourced from glass manufacturers holding a valid Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Mark License(s) shall be allowed to be distributed in the country. For the application of a foreign-based manufacturer, its local branch or representative duly registered in accordance with Philippine laws must file the application on its behalf.

“Similar to the policies issued by the DTI concerning the cement and steel products, the department allows importers of glass products to avail pre-shipment inspection and testing from the country of origin to facilitate the verification process subject to inspection, sampling and conduct of critical testing. This promotes the ease of doing business without sacrificing the safety of our consumers,” DTI-Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo emphasized.

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DTI extends transition period for appliance industry

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) extends the period of transition for manufacturers, importers, and distributors of home appliances to comply with the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 18-03 through the issuance of Memorandum Circular (MC) 18-08:2018 or the Extending the Period of Transition Provided Under DAO 18-03:2018.

The MC 18-08 states that the products specified in DAO 18-03:2018 shall be required to undergo the mandatory product certification procedures for Philippine Standard (PS) mark license or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) Certificate beginning 25 August 2019. All products distributed or offered for sale in the market shall bear a valid PS mark or ICC stickers starting 01 January 2020.

The DAO 18-03 or the Mandatory Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances declares the updating of 12 standards for mandatory certification. Thus, the DTI through its Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) adds 14 products to its list of products and systems under the mandatory certification scheme. Through DAO 18-03, the DTI-BPS includes the following household and similar electrical appliances to its list of regulated products prior to its distribution and sale in the market: spin extractor, fully-automatic washing machine, electric grill, electric oven, turbo broiler, induction cooker, electric juicer, electric food mixer, electric food processor, electric kettle, electric pressure cooker, electric slow cooker, electric multi-cooker, and inverter air conditioner.

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DTI hosts the 2nd WTO-TBT National Workshop in Cebu

To better reach the industry in the Visayas Region, the Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) conducted its second National Workshop on World Trade Organization – Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (WTO-TBT) at the Quest Hotel and Conference Center, Cebu City from November 27 to 29, 2018. The three-day event was attended by more than 60 participants from the government and private sectors in Cebu and Manila.

The WTO-TBT National Workshop is organized annually by the DTI-BPS to ensure that relevant government agencies and stakeholders have the appropriate understanding on the WTO-TBT Agreement and the obligations of the member countries bound by it. The DTI-BPS serves as the National Enquiry Point (NEP) and the National Notification Authority (NNA) for the WTO-TBT Agreement and leads in the negotiations and participations of the Philippines in the international, regional and bilateral fora on TBT.

The workshop was opened by Ms. Maria Elena C. Arbon, Assistant Regional Director of DTI- RO7, welcoming everyone to the province of Cebu. The first day of the workshop had comprehensive lectures on the WTO-TBT Agreement, its relevance to international trade and consumer safety, as well as the role of international standards to the treaty. Speakers from the WTO namely, Mr. Erik Wijkström, Counsellor in the WTO Division on Trade and Environment and Mr. Devin McDaniel, Economic Affairs Officer at the same WTO Division, took turns to discuss about the WTO and the details of the TBT Agreement on standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Whereas, Mr. Kolin Low, Manager of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Regional Engagement Initiative (REI) Asia and Mr. Dennis Chew, Director of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) presented the importance of international standards in developing technical regulations.

The WTO also discussed the TBT Agreement provisions on transparency that member countries must comply with by notifying the draft technical regulations within their territories to the WTO. They showcased online WTO tools such as the e-Ping, the TBT Information Management Systems (TBT IMS) and the TBT Notification Submission System (TBT NSS) which member countries may utilize to fulfill the transparency obligations.
On Day 2, DTI-BPS Director, Engr. James E. Empeño discussed the importance and progress of the proposed National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) for the country while Mr. Wijkström and Mr. McDaniel supplemented the discussion with a presentation on how a quality infrastructure assists a WTO member country in implementing the TBT Agreement and in responding to queries and issues. They presented the works of the WTO-TBT Committee on transparency and in addressing specific trade concerns (STCs). The participants were given a group exercise on the WTO-TBT Agreement conducted by the WTO speakers, which made them review the provisions and collaborate among one another.

The third and last day of the workshop began with Mr. Wijkström’s explanation on trade regulations and how they are implemented through the WTO-TBT Agreement. He was followed by the resources speakers from the national government who discussed Good Regulatory Practices (GRPs) as implemented in the Philippines, namely, Ms. Thelma C. Manuel, Director of the Governance Staff of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); Mr. Rodolfo N. Panganiban, Senior Science Research Specialist from the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS); and Dr. Oscar G. Gutierrez, Chief of the Policy Dissemination and Training Division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mr. McDaniel afterwards discussed on regulatory cooperation in the international sphere.

The DTI-BPS through Ms. Marie Camille B. Castillo, Officer-in-Charge of the DTI-BPS - Standards Mainstreaming Division, presented the proposed terms of reference (TOR) of the WTO-TBT National Technical Working Group (NTWG). She stressed the relevance of such group for the Philippines to appropriately observe its obligations in the WTO-TBT agreement.

DTI-Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary, Atty. Ruth B. Castelo gave the closing remarks, thanking the attendees, DTI Region 07 and the speakers from the WTO, ISO, IEC and DTI’s colleagues from the government sector for their participation. The Undersecretary stated, “The DTI calls on to the participants for further cooperation and support to the WTO-TBT programs and initiatives. Your participation helps boost the country’s trade relations with the world, through transparency of standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures (STRACAP).”

DTI-BPS Director, Engr. James E. Empeño similarly expressed, ”The DTI-BPS is overwhelmed that the 2nd WTO-TBT National Workshop was well received by its participants from the regulatory agencies and the private sector. It has been a very informative and interactive activity for all of us. The DTI-BPS, the WTO Secretariat, the ISO and the IEC are eager to conduct the next WTO Workshop and we hope to see more partners to join us.”

The first National Workshop on WTO-TBT was held on September 04 to 06, 2017 at the F1 Hotel in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. The third is targeted to be held in Mindanao in the 4th quarter of 2019.

For more information on WTO and the WTO-TBT Agreement, please call the DTI-BPS at 751.4740 or 751.4748 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the BPS web portal at www.bps.dti.gov.ph.


Draft DAO on the Mandatory PNS for Speed Limitation Devices and Adjustable Speed

The DTI-BPS will accept comments, suggestions, inputs, etc. on the draft DAO until 5:00PM of 22 January 2019.

Click Here: Draft DAO for Mandatory PNS for Speed Limitation Devices and Adjustable Speed Limitation Devices

Kindly address comments, suggestions, inputs, etc., to

Director JAMES E. EMPEÑO
Bureau of Philippine Standards
Department of Trade and Industry

Address: 3rd flr. Trade and Industry Bldg., 361 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City
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