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Press Release2022-07-21T02:13:23+08:00

DTI conducts targeted training to strengthen regional enforcement of vape law

In an bid to strengthen the implementation of the Vape Law, technical regulations, and other fair-trade laws, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently conducted an immersive training with key DTI regional counterparts in Northern Luzon and Muslim Mindanao These training sessions were conducted in coordination with the Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection Division (TRCP) of the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Tourism (MTIT). They included participants from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and DTI Region 2 (Cagayan Valley Region), aiming ...

June 19, 2024|

DTI and PDEA partner with e-commerce giants to tackle illegal vape sales

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) hosted a briefing session with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and representatives from online shopping platforms Lazada, Tiktok, and Shopee to explore potential joint operations aimed at tackling illegal vape products. DTI Secretary Fred Pascual said the Department is holding violators accountable by equipping monitoring and enforcement officers with the tools necessary to eliminate these illegal products from the Philippine market. “Violators are becoming increasingly cunning, infiltrating the market with illegal vape products. We can combat their ...

June 19, 2024|

DTI links up with NGOs to curb youth vaping

Following the country’s first reported death due to vape-related lung injury, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has intensified its strategic enforcement efforts to ensure that no illicit vape products are allowed entry into the Philippine market. Pursuant to its mandate under Republic Act (RA) 11900 or the Vape Law and aligned with the government’s efforts to ensure consumer protection, DTI Secretary Fred Pascual emphasized the need to prevent the youth from gaining access to these vape products. “Marketing and selling vape products to ...

June 14, 2024|

DTI leads comprehensive effort to enforce Vape Law and protect Filipino youth

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is spearheading a robust whole-of-government approach to enforce the Vape Law and safeguard Filipino minors from the health risks of vaping. This comprehensive strategy prioritizes collaboration with various government agencies to ensure effective nationwide implementation.   “This comprehensive effort leverages the combined strength of various government agencies, with our enforcement unit actively conducting surveillance across markets throughout the country,” said DTI Secretary Fred Pascual. The DTI is working hand in hand with the Department of Education (DepEd) to ...

June 7, 2024|

DTI logs record crackdown of illegal vape products in 5 months, topping 2023 haul; commits to continue intensifying efforts

MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) significantly ramped up its enforcement of the Vape Law, yielding PHP 25,874,175 worth of illegal vape products in just the first five months of 2024. This surpasses the DTI’s total illegal vape seizure for the entire 2023 amounting to PHP 5,453,852. “Nearly halfway through the year, the significant rise in confiscated illegal vapes demonstrates our unwavering commitment to safeguard Filipino consumers, especially our youth. These results showcase our intensified efforts and we will not stop ...

June 1, 2024|

DTI seizes over PHP 2M substandard steel in CALABARZON and NCR

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) seized over PHP 2.4 million worth of non-compliant steel products following several enforcement operations in the first trimester of 2024 The DTI, through its Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB), confiscated a total of 7,723 units of uncertified steel products after inspecting hardware stores in the CALABARZON Region on February 27 and March 21, as well as in the National Capital Region on April 8. Yielding the highest value among the products confiscated were low carbon steel wires and ...

May 10, 2024|

DTI-PNP joint operation seizes nearly PHP25M worth of illegal vapes

PARAÑAQUE CITY, PHILIPPINES – In a joint operation conducted on April 23, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine National Police-Southern Police District seized a total of 45,200 units of non-compliant vaporized nicotine, non-nicotine, and novel tobacco products valued at almost PHP 25 million. The buy-bust enforcement operation confiscated 452 boxes of vapes, each containing 100 units, valued at PHP 550 per unit, totaling PHP 24,860,000. The DTI-led inspection revealed that the establishment, which branded itself as a milk tea beverage outlet, was ...

April 25, 2024|
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