Saturday, December 16, 2017

Zero Violation For Christmas Lights Retailers In Iligan

(Tuesday, 28th day of November 2017)

 

No notice of violation so far was issued to sixteen retailers of Christmas lights in Iligan City during the enforcement conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry – Lanao del Norte Provincial Office in collaboration with the Local Price Coordinating Council on 24 November 2017.

This suggests that the Christmas lights these stores are selling met the requirements set by Philippine  National  Standards  189:2000  as  assessed  by  the  Bureau  of  Philippine  Standards (BPS), and are safe to use by consumers.

And  with  just  a  few  weeks from  celebrating  the  Holiday  Season,  the  consuming  public  are requested to only buy BPS-certified Christmas lights to enhance house decorations. Consumers are then advised to look for genuine product certification marks – PS (Philippine Standard) logo or ICC (Import  Commodity Clearance)  sticker,  and  asked  from  retailers the  PS  or  ICC  license certificates for validation when in doubt.

PS mark with license number is usually embedded on the box while ICC sticker is affixed either on the package or on the product itself. ICC sticker has a hologram feature with alpha-numeric code and non-transferable.

In 2015 and 2016, the combined confiscated Christmas lights in Iligan and Lanao del Norte has an estimated value of close to half a million pesos.

Selling uncertified Christmas lights constitutes 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, with Regard to Products/Services Covered by Philippine Standard Certification Mark Schemes. And this includes retailing of Christmas lights without valid product certification mark.

Penalties and sanctions in violation of DAO 02:2007 include cease and desist order, confiscation/destruction of goods, and administrative fine of not more than P300,000.

 

– –  ANGELO A. DEVERO / STIDS

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