THE regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported on Thursday, October 20, reported that Christmas lights and lighting chains being sold in the region have the required certifications based on their market monitoring and enforcements.
The monitoring is one of the measures of DTI to ensure uncertified Christmas lights will not proliferate in the market.
“We hope to sustain this until the end of the season,” Welza Gazo, development specialist of DTI-Davao said in a phone interview with SunStar Davao.
Consumers are reminded that in buying Christmas lights always look for the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker and other important labels on the package of Christmas lights like the name, address, trademark of the importer or the distributor of the product to easily track the distributor for possible complaints, rated voltage and rated wattage of the set; rated voltage and rated wattage of the lamp; the words "For indoor use only"; the number of this standard (PNS 189:2000), and country of origin.
For 2016, DTI said, all ICC certificates for Christmas lights issued by the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) from January 1, 2013 up to the present shall be valid.
“Starting 2017, the validity of the ICC certificates issued for imported Christmas lights shall be for a period of five years,” DTI said in a press statement.
When asked about the fake ICC stickers that are proliferating in the market, the trade and industry department explained that one can easily detect the difference between the fake and authenticated ICC stickers.
The original ICC sticker is specially designed wherein when one pulls away the sticker from the package, it will leave a mark of the same logo of the sticker.
DTI reminded importers that lights/lighting chains to be sold must bear the appropriate ICC stickers or the Philippine Standard (PS) certification mark before distribution in the local market.
DTI also reminded that “consumers can request establishments to show their ICC certificates to validate if they are transacting with suppliers that are authorized by the DTI to sell safe sets of Christmas lights with the ICC mark.”
Manufacturers, importers, and retailers found not complying with the BPS Product Certification Scheme will be filed with administrative charges for violation of the DTI Department Administrative Order 2:2007; Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines; and the Standards Law.