LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) destroyed a number of substandard or defective liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks confiscated from various establishments.

DTI Provincial Director Freda Gawisan said 688 defective tanks were confiscated from various establishments from March 23-27 last year in the province and Baguio City.

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A total of 611 came from Baguio and 77 from the province. The remaining 597 tanks were subjected for reclassification.

Gawisan said some of those reclassified were brought to Tarlac for further examination.

DTI also issued notice of violations for uncertified LPG cylinders to 23 establishments in both areas.

The Baguio-Benguet Task Force forming composite teams, two each for Baguio and the province conducted a joint monitoring of 34 establishments in the city and 42 in the province.

The Task Force is composed of the Department of Energy as the lead agency, DTI, Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Bureau of Fire Protection. (Susan C. Aro)