Builders urged to veer away from substandard materials-A A +A
Saturday, October 20, 2012
BUILDERS and contractors have more important roles to play in ensuring the safety of the public in general so they should be critical when choosing the products they use.
"The use of substandard and uncertified construction products can affect your reputation so make sure you only choose those that have been certified in terms of quality and safety," Philippine Product Safety and Quality Foundation Inc. (PPSQF) representative Alex Yanson said Thursday during the Consumer Fair 2012 Opening Program held at the NCCC Mall in Davao City.
He said PPSQF is appealing to builders and contractors to think of the safety of the people all the time in the construction of their projects.
More than 10 companies have joined the fair and have made available samples of their products for the consumers to see. Among these companies are Union Galvasteel Corporation with their roofing products, SMWPI Wood Products Inc. with their plywoods, Techno Trade Resources Davao with their water distribution pipes, Berben Merchant Inc. with their fire extinguishers and many others.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who was the guest speaker during the event, called on the manufacturers to promote the welfare and interest of the consumers. She also advised Dabawenyos to be aware of their rights as consumers.
"Consumer awareness is crucial as we strive to move forward," Duterte-Carpio said. She also urged the Department of Trade and Industry to "create polices and an economic environment that will encourage Dabawenyos to grow their business and improve their capabilities."
She said consumers should know their rights and that includes the right to complain if they get products with substandard quality. Dabawenyos should also immediately file their complaints with DTI so that the manufacturers and sellers are apprised of the state of their products, she added. (Lovely A. Carillo)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 20, 2012.