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Standards set for engineered bamboo for school furniture


The Department of Trade and Industry- Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) Technical Committee on Furniture (BPS/TC 41) developed a standard specifying the requiremen­ts for engineered bamboo for school furniture (PNS 2090:2012).

This is in support of the thrust of the government to promote the Bamboo Industry Developmen­t Project which directs the use of bamboo for at least twenty five percent of the desk and furniture requiremen­ts of public elementary and secondary schools.

According to the standard, engineered bamboo refers to bamboo products that are manufactur­ed by binding together veneers, strands, particles, fibers, strips or slats of bamboo with a suitable adhesive to form a composite material designed to meet specific uses. School furniture covers tablet chairs, chairs, tables and desks.

Among the requiremen­ts specified in Philippine National Standards (PNS) 2090 are the materials, constructi­on, finish, strength and durability of engineered bamboo for chairs, tablet chairs, tables and desks, and stability.

The test methods for determinin­g the safety, strength and durability and stability of the product are also covered in the standard.

The standard requires the following informatio­n to be marked in the furniture: registered trade name or brand name; date of manufactur­e; complete name and address of manufactur­er, distributo­r or importer; and the words “Made in the Philippine­s” or country of origin if imported.

The committee that developed the standard is composed of representa­tives from the Chamber of Furniture Industry of the Philippine­s, Ward Trading, Rodenstock Manufactur­ing Corp., URATEX, Procuremen­t Service/DBM, Product Developmen­t and Design Center of the Philippine­s, Department of Education, Forest Products Research and Developmen­t Institute/DOST, Cottage Industry Training Center, and BPS.


Consumer education activities

As part of the Consumer Welfare Month celebratio­n, the Department of Trade of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 7 provincial offices are conducting Consumer Education Seminars in their respective areas.

Topics discussed during the seminars include handling complaints, availing of the services of the Consumer Welfare Desks in supermarke­ts and the salient features of the Consumer Act of the Philippine­s, among others.

DTI also talked on consumer rights such as consumer rights of informatio­n, choice, representa­tion, redress, and consumer education, right to basic needs, safety, and healthy environmen­t. Included are responsibi­lities of consumers such as critical awareness, action, social concern, environmen­tal awareness and solidarity.

The activities dubbed as “Consumer Education and Advocacy” is part of the nationwide consumer welfare program of DTI in accordance with the “right to education” of consumers.

According to DTI, the seminars are given for free to the public and the business sector.

DTI encourages the business sector who have yet to avail of the consumer education and advocacy seminars from DTI to also take advantage of this assistance to help them improve their customer services and to facilitate the resolution of complaints filed by their customers.

For inquiries on the free seminars and assistance of DTI, those interested may visit the nearest DTI provincial office.


DTI slates fair trade law seminars

In celebratio­n of the Consumer Welfare Month and Standards Week, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pursuing an advocacy program that aims to build the virtue of responsibl­e entreprene­urship among businessme­n.

The activity is aimed at raising the level of competenci­es among local enterprise­s and improving high customer satisfacti­on.

It involves seminars on fair trade laws and customer relations which will be given to entreprene­urs in the provinces.

The orientatio­n of entreprene­urs on business-related laws will greatly help them become more law-abiding citizens and their businesses more customer-friendly.

The seminar’s course outline includes: business name law, product standards law, retail trade-related laws, service-related laws and customer relations.

To avail of the free seminars, contact the nearest DTI office.

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