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DTI warns Pangasinenses vs buying substandard Christmas lights

By Danny O. Sagun

Dagupan City (12 November) -- When buying Christmas lights, always look for the brand name and the corresponding ICC number, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Trade and Industry specialist Marjorie Loresco said that there are some 30 brands with their ICCs listed by the DTI provincial office which buyers can refer to as they begin their shopping this holiday season.

Loresco advised buyers to entertain doubts on lightings that cost much less than the prevailing prices. "Pag three for P100, magduda na baka substandard yan," she told the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over Radyo ng Bayan DZMQ last Tuesday.

Lawfully-made products cost from P50 to P100, she noted.

Substandard lights may cause fire or accidents.

Meanwhile, the Panangidayew Trade Fair at the Market! Market! mall in Taguig City on October 22-26 drew positive responses, trade specialist Ofelia Castillo also told the radio interview.

Cash sales reached P3 million aside from book orders for the various products and bookings for tourist spots in Pangasinan like the Punta Rivera resort in Bolinao which is famous for its white sand.

The trade fair featured products made under the One Town One Product (OTOP) program like the famous bangus of Dagupan City, bamboo craft of San Carlos City, handicraft and furniture of Binmaley, bagoong of Lingayen, puto of Calasiao, corn husks of Sto. Tomas and several other OTOP products.

On "text scams", the two DTI officers pointed out that real winners of promos and contests are usually informed thru the mail. Cellular providers may inform their winning customers thru text messages using three-or-four-digit numbers. "Kapag 11 numbers ang pinanggalingan, nagloloko lang yan'" they stressed, adding "Papaano ka naman manalo kung di ka naman sumali sa isang pakontes?"

Senders of such text scams ask the recipients to load the latter with cell phone loads and deposit money in a bank account purportedly for the processing of the prizes. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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