In a Fair Trade Laws briefing to around 30 participants from service and repair shops in Iligan City, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Local Government Unit of Iligan, pushed for complying with the provisions of Presidential Decree (PD) 1572 to continue operating their businesses.
Pursuant to Section 1 of PD 1572 – Empowering the Secretary of Trade to Regulate And Control the Operation of Service and Repair Enterprises For Motor Vehicles, Heavy Equipment and Engines And Engineering Works; Electronics, Electrical, Airconditioning and Refrigeration; Office Equipment; Medical And Dental Equipment; And Other Consumer Mechanical and Industrial Equipment, Appliances or Devices, including the Technical Personnel Employed therein, no such service or repair enterprises and technical personnel shall be licensed or permitted to operate in the Philippines for the first time without first being accredited by the Department of Trade.
DTI Consumer Welfare Division Chief Elvira G. Redublado said that it’s now high time for service and repair shops to be accredited by the DTI after the onslaught of Typhoon Sendong in December 2011.
“We understand your situation after the devastating effects of Typhoon Sendong. But please try to understand us also, as a government agency mandated to regulate your business activities, in requiring you to comply with the requirements as provided for by the law. You were given ample time already,” Redublado said to the participants.
While Dr. Cenil G. Cortes of TESDA told the attendees, that before TESDA can help you out in the issuance of a national certificate (NC) or certificate of competency (COC) to your employees-technicians as one requirement for DTI accreditation, you are advised to first secure a self-assessment guide and ask for the agency’s experts in the evaluation of skills and competencies.
Meanwhile, Iligan City Mayor’s Office Permits and License Division Head Carmen P. Magnaye said, because of the President’s pronouncement on prompt processing and release of business permits, we are glad to inform you that it would only take an hour to process your applications, but have your shop first accredited by the DTI.
The briefing was held at the Negosyo Center Training Room, DTI-Lanao del Norte Provincial Office in Pala-o, this city. (Angelo A. Devero, STIDS/DTI-LDN/PIA-10 LDN)