Tuesday, January 18, 2022

LPCC Iligan Conducts Spot Inspection of Christmas Lights

(Friday, 3rd of December 2021)

 

ILIGAN CITY- THE Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) started conducting surprise inspections of Christmas lights sold in different establishments here on Friday, December 3. This aims to check if these have passed the government standards and are safe to use by the public ahead of the Yuletide season.

Christmas lights should have Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker or the printed Philippine Standard (PS) mark which signifies that the products have undergone the proper process.Out of 15 Stores inspected, one store in Barangay Poblacion was found selling Christmas lights without the ICC sticker or the PS mark.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Senior & Trade and Industry Development Specialist & Standards Officer Angelo A. Devero said, that those found to be non-compliant with the quality standards will still be given due process before they could penalize store owners and have their products confiscated.

First, they give the store owners time to explain why their products have not complied with government standards. If they fail to do so, then that’s the time they confiscate their products. After the confiscation, the DTI will then set the time for the destruction of the seized items to ensure that those items will never be sold again as these will pose danger to the consumers.

Selling uncertified Christmas lights constitutes a violation of DTI Department Administrative Order 02 series of 2007 – Defining the Responsibilities and Liabilities of Manufacturers, Importers, Traders, Wholesalers,

Distributors, Retailers, Service Providers and or their Agents, about Products/Services Covered by Philippine Standard Certification Mark Schemes. This includes retailing of Christmas lights without a valid product certification mark.

Penalties and sanctions in violation of DAO 02:2007 include cease and desist order, confiscation/destruction of goods, and an administrative fine of not more than P300,000.
Furthermore, DTI and LPCC still remind public to also educate themselves and purchase only certified Christmas lights for their safety.

 

Maricris J. Tumimbang / CIO

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