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PIA Press Release
2009/10/16

DTI cautions consumers on sub-standard Christmas lights

by JMD Abangan

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley (16 October) -- Three bunches of series lights priced at P100 should send buyers questioning about the quality of Christmas lights they might want to display around their house during the Holiday Season.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Compostela Valley Project Manager Nelly Esperanza cautioned the public from buying sub-standard and fake Christmas lights and other electrical materials.

"Statistics tells that most causes of fire in the country is faulty electrical wirings," she said.

Esperanza said DTI wants to heighten awareness on the relevance of product standards.

"For locally made products, be sure that they bear the PS (Product Standard) mark and for imported products, be sure that they bear the Import Commodity Clearance of the ICC mark," she said referring to electrical and industrial products.

Esperanza also advised the public to get cautious about the manufacturing dates of Christmas lights they want to buy.

"Be sure that the manufacturing date should be this year otherwise the quality of the product is not guaranteed," she said.

In line with the Consumer Month, DTI Comval conducted a seminar orientation of product standards.

This year's Consumer Month bears the theme, "Generics Drugs: Gawang Pinoy, Galing Pinoy, Tangkilikin Natin."

The Department of Health (DOH) chairs this year's Consumer Month celebration but Esperanza said DTI is also making sure that the public is made aware regarding the importance of product standards. (PIA XI) [top]

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