4 stores fined P95k for selling X’mas lights sans ICC stickers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 November 2013 13:10

In a bid to rid the market of substandard Christmas lights that may endanger the lives and properties of consumers, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a surprise inspection recently of business establishments carrying the product in the cities of Zamboanga, Dipolog, and Pagadian, and in Ipil in ZamboangaSibugay.

As a result, four business establishments in Pagadian City were penalized and fined a total of P95,000 for selling Christmas lights without the requisite import commodity clearance (ICC) stickers.

According to DTI-9 Regional Director Nazrullah Manzur, the ICC requirement is embodied in Republic Act 4019, otherwise known as the Product Standards Law of the Philippines. Said law requires all mandatory products (e.g., household appliances, lamps and lighting products, wires and cables, etc.) to carry the ICC mark for imported products, and the PS mark for locally made ones.

“These marks are your assurance that the product underwent and passed the product quality testing of the DTI’s Bureau of Product Standards (BPS),” Manzur said.

“Over the years, we have campaigned repeatedly to our business establishments to strictly follow the law lest they be sanctioned and we are happy to note that our appeal to the business community had been heeded as shown by the steadily declining number of violations and increasing compliance rate across the whole region,” Manzur disclosed.

In Zamboanga City, Dipolog, and Ipil for example, the enforcement team reported 100% compliance to the ICC mark requirement for Christmas lights,” Manzur said.

The Zamboanga City enforcement team, according to Manzur was headed by DTI-Zamboanga City Office Provincial Director Rolando Acuña and was accompanied by local newsmen and Councilor Josephine Pareja.

Pareja was the author of a City Council resolution that specifically requested DTI to conduct an inspection of business establishments selling Christmas lights in the city. She was personally invited by Acuña to join the monitoring team in its surprise inspectionlast November 8, 2013.

However, even before the Zamboanga City Council passed the said resolution, there was already a standing order from DTI Secretary Gregorio Domingo to conduct simultaneous monitoring of Christmas lights nationwide in view of the fast approaching Christmas season, according to Manzur.

“The monitoring team in Manila was led no less by Secretary Gregory Domingo and Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship,” Manzur  said.

Included in the inspection, according to Manzur were the nochebuena products to ensure that retailers follow the suggested retail prices (SRPs) issued by the manufacturers.of these products.

“Follow up inspection of these and other mandatory products as well as the price monitoring of basic necessities that fall under the DTI’s mandate will continue most especially now that the whole country is declared under a state of national calamity by the President, Manzur said. — LSV/DTI9