The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has amended the existing guidelines to include all prepainted galvanized steel coils and sheets for roofing to ensure safety and quality standards in the country.
Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 21-13, series of 2021, DTI tightens guidelines for the implementation of Department Administrative Order (DAO) 20-10, series of 2020 or the technical regulation for thermally metal-clad and prepainted galvanized steel coils and sheets for roofing and general applications. The said MC took effect on April 18, 2021 immediately after its publication.
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said MC 21-13 was issued to address concerns about some provisions and implementation of DAO 20-10 during the various meetings with various stakeholders and members of BPS 64’s technical committee. the result of the revision of the technical regulations [DAO 20-10] weigh the interests of stakeholders without compromising consumer safety, ”added Secretary Lopez.
DTI clarified in MC 21-13 the scope of DAO 20-10 to include all steel coils and sheets intended for roofing and general purpose applications with a total layer thickness (TCT) up to 0.89 mm.
TCT refers to the sum of the base metal and its associated metal coating such as zinc, 5 percent Al-Zn and 55 percent Al-Zn. All steel coils and plates with TCT from 0.2mm to 0.8mm intended for general purpose applications and to be distributed in the local market in plain or corrugated sheet or other similar shapes are also covered by DAO 20-10. These coated steel coils and sheets intended for roofing and general purpose applications must have a minimum metal layer thickness of 14 microns.
Meanwhile, the manufacture or import of coils and plates of steel with a TCT of less than 0.2 mm is prohibited, except when they are intended for distribution, in any form other than plain and corrugated sheets, to local manufacturers, producers or manufacturers of automobiles , including furniture, electrical appliances and electronics and food packaging.
DTI emphasized in MC 21-13 that a minimum TCT of 0.4 mm (negative tolerance does not apply) is required for all steel coils and sheets intended for roofing materials. Full hard grade is required for 0.2mm and 0.3mm TCT steel coils and sheets intended for general purpose applications and to be distributed in the local market in plain or corrugated sheet or other similar shapes. For the markings, all steel coils and plates with a minimum TCT of 0.4 mm intended for roofing should be labeled as “For use as roofing”, while those with a TCT of 0.2 mm and 0.3 mm intended for distribution on the local market should be labeled “Not for use on roofs” or “For general purpose”.
MC 21-13 also contains additional provisions on applications for Philippine Standard (PS) licenses. PS permit is required for all local or imported steel coils and plates intended for the fabrication, fabrication or forming of roofing materials, as well as steel coils and plates with TCT from 0.2mm to 0.8mm intended for general purpose applications distributed in the local market in the form of plain or corrugated iron. Products intended for the manufacture, production or manufacture of automobiles, furniture, electrical and electronic products, food packaging and other similar products are exempt from the PS licensing requirement. However, imports and manufacture must be inspected and verified. Nevertheless, no sampling and product testing will take place and subsequent imports should not be subject to further inspection and verification, provided that the importer has previously obtained an exemption statement for the same products.
To further facilitate faster turnaround time of product testing for Statement of Confirmation (SOC) applications, the BPS now allows full testing or critical testing, as appropriate, in the manufacturer’s testing facility instead of third party testing. This activity will be attended by the BPS, DTI Regional / Provincial Offices, or BPS accredited inspection bodies. A large administrative fine of P500,000.00 and immediate suspension of the PS license will be imposed on the manufacturer or importer who has made false statements or misrepresentations regarding the intended use or purpose of the product to circumvent the certification process . If the manufacturer or importer does not have a valid PS license, it will be blacklisted for importing or producing covered products. “This penalty is included to prevent unscrupulous manufacturers or importers from circumventing the regulations, which will be detrimental to the legitimate steel industry,” said Lopez.
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