The Philippine Iron and Steel Institute (PISI) asked the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to intensify its campaign against the manufacture and sale of substandard steel bars commonly used in construction.
In their letter to the Department of Trade and Industry, the PISI said that their monitoring team uncovered rebars with unregistered logos in Ilocos and Central Luzon.
PISI President Ronald C. Magsajo also urged the DTI to also look into the possibility of smuggling these items into the country.
The proliferation of substandard steel bars sans the logos not only posed dangers to lives and property but also dupe consumers of value for their money.
“If a product is unmarked, non-compliant, untraceable, unidentifiable, we cannot sanction or go after the manufacturer in the event of an accident or collapse of a structure,” Magsajo said.
Substandard steel bars failed to meet the criteria set by the government like strength, bending, mass variation, lug height and diameter, and the like.
Citing the case of low mass variation, Magsajo explained that you are like buying 900-gram rebars for a price of 1 kilo.
The PISI vowed to intensify its test-buy operations nationwide to identify manufacturing firms, hardware and retail stores selling substandard steel bars in the market.
The DTI should make extra effort to monitor the trading not only of steel rebars but other construction materials especially now that the construction industry is slowly being active again.
Construction both from public and private nationwide was halted due to Covid 19 pandemic that resulted in the decline in sales of all construction materials.