The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Abra, the Local Government Unit and PNP-Bangued joined forces for the special monitoring of steel bars in hardware stores in Bangued on July 5, 2019.

This is a national simultaneous enforcement activity on product standards due to reports that substandard steel products proliferate in the market outside Metro Manila.

Two teams were created and inspected the markings, sizes, and weight of steel bars on different hardware stores in Bangued. The markings proved that the products have passed the Bureau of Philippine Standards. These teams were led by information officer Marcos Rex L. Hall and Consumer Protection Division Head Franco W. Ching of DTI-Abra.

This activity also enhances awareness to public and business owners on DTIs drive to protect the consumers.