DTI destroys uncertified Christmas Lights
Officers and personnel of the Department of Trade and Industry Misamis Oriental Provincial Office supervised the destruction of P40, 000.00 worth of uncertified Christmas lights last Friday, November 25, 2011 at Fernandez St., Cagayan de Oro City.
The uncertified Christmas lights were seized from eight of 24 business establishments monitored last October 28, 2011 in Cagayan de Oro City as part of the agency’s continuing monitoring for compliance with DTI Dept. Order 02-2007 which defines responsibilities/penalties of importers/manufacturers/distributors/agents/dealers/retailers of Mandatory Products and the Standards Law.
Almer R. Masillones, division chief for consumer welfare of DTI-Misamis Oriental, disclosed that a total of P27, 000.00 in penalties were imposed and paid for by the eight erring establishments.
Eliza Pabillore, DTI Misamis Oriental provincial director, issued the following reminders to consumers and retailers for the holiday season: a) All Christmas lights/lighting chains should bear the appropriate ICC stickers/PS Mark; b) Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) Certificates should be available for inspection at all times; c) Only Christmas lights/lighting chairs with ICC stickers issued from 2009 to the present are allowed; d) LED Christmas lights are covered by mandatory certification hence should also bear the appropriate ICC stickers.
The destruction of the uncertified Christmas lights was witnessed by members of the Cagayan de Oro City Price Coordinating Council and the media.