The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the members of the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) of Iligan conducted an enforcement activity to curtail the selling and proliferation of uncertified and substandard Christmas lights in the market.
The standards enforcement team led by DTI, inspected 14 stores and issued Notice of Violation to one store which was found selling Christmas lights not bearing the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker or the Philippine Standard (PS) Mark.
An inventory of Christmas lights from another store was conducted and pulled out from the display area pending validation of its status, whether exempted or not.
The presence of quality mark shows Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) certifies the product quality and that it is safe to use.
The team confiscated a total of 16 boxes from two different stores amounting close to P150,000.
The issued Notice of Violation orders the storeowners to explain with 48 hours on the charges or else administrative fines will be imposed on them.
A set of Christmas lights is required to undergo the BPS Certification Scheme, wherein manufacturers and importers are required to apply for a PS License or ICC certificate before their products are sold in the market. They are also required to place the PS mark or the ICC sticker on the product or packaging prior to distribution to their retailers for sale.
DTI Consumer Welfare Division staff led the enforcement team, assisted by LPCC member agencies from the City Police Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Statistics Authority, National Food Authority, and local government departments composed of Economic Enterprise Development Management Office, City Agriculture, City Veterinary, Permits and License Division, and representatives from Batch ’83 Iligan City National High School (ICNHS), a DTI-accredited consumer organization.
Meanwhile, DTI reiterates its warning to the public to buy only BPS-certified Christmas Lights with PS Mark or ICC sticker to ensure that their products passed the safety test.
Consumers must also make sure that the Christmas lights they buy are not more than three years from the date of manufacture. This can be validated by checking the four digits in the lower right portion of the ICC sticker which indicate the year of certification of that particular Chrismas light. (ERedublado/DTI-LDN/PIA-10 LDN)