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PIA Press Release
2009/10/21

Beware of substandard Christmas lights, decors - DTI

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (21 October) -- With only 65 days before Christmas day, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Iloilo Provincial Office is already on the look out for potentially dangerous Christmas lights and decors.

DTI-Iloilo Director Wilhelm Malones disclosed in a PIA telephone interview that Consumers must be cautious especially on low priced Christmas lights with thin plugs and wires as these items really pose a threat to lives and properties.

"Since September 29, we have been monitoring the mandatory standards of some 80 commodities as set by the Bureau of Product Standards, and Christmas lights and decors are among the products being monitored," Malones said.

The DTI-Iloilo director said that they are doing the round of inspections to make sure these items are safe, however they enourage the consumers to be also vigilant and should they observe any suspicious products on display at the commercial establishments, they are always welcome to report to the DTI office.

He reminded the public to check the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) seal if the items are imported and for local products, to check on the PS mark or Product Standard.

"Absence of those mentioned marks in the commercially displayed products might pose danger to everyone, so let us be vigilant," Director Malones said. (PIA6) [top]

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