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PIA Press Release
2010/11/03

Be wary of cheap Christmas lights, DTI-Cebu warns public

Cebu City (3 November) -- The public is advised against buying substandard Christmas lights as the yuletide season nears because such products may be prone to overheating causing fire accidents.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-Cebu) Provincial Chief of the Consumer Welfare and Business Regulations Division Zaide Bation urged the public to be wary of such offers like "3 for P100" for their own safety.

"When buying Christmas lights, be sure to check if there is an ICC (Import Clearance Commodity) label for imported products and PS (Philippine Product Standard) for local ones," according to Bation.

The ICC or PS label will ensure the consumers that such products have undergone quality testing for safe use by the DTI, Bation added.

Bation said an enforcement team has been formed by their office to regularly monitor the selling of substandard Christmas lights especially in the downtown area.

"So far, we have only apprehended one estatraders are already complying with the law to only display products that have the necessary label or mark," Bation disclosed.

The DTI-Cebu official said those apprehended will be fined with P35,000 for first-time violation while for second-timers, the fine reaches between P50-70,000.

Last year, six violators were apprehended while two of these were second-time violators, this is said.

Bation said their office will continue to monitor the selling of substandard Christmas lights with only a few weeks left before December.

Bation also encouraged the public to report to their office if they suspect that a product sold so cheap has not undergone quality testing.

Apart from Christmas lights, Bation also advised the public that in buying other appliances such as refrigerator and air condition units to always check for the yellow label for the DTI and the Department of Energy mark as an indicator that such appliances have undergone quality testing. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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