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PIA Press Release
2008/11/12

DTI Leyte reiterates warning vs cheap substandard Christmas lights

Tacloban City (November 12) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Leyte warns the public once again, from buying cheap and substandard Christmas lights as these may become more costly in the long run because of the danger these may pose to lives and property.

DTI Leyte through Mr. Joe Molina has started airing the warning as early as October and it continues to alert the public about the danger of buying substandard products.

Mr. Molina said that despite the fact that DTI has confiscated hundreds of substandard Christmas lights being sold in some Ormoc City shops, there are still reports that cheap electric lights are still being sold.

"When you buy Christmas lights, always look for the Philippine Standards (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks," Mr. Molina said. He added that the consumers must only buy Christmas lights that have been checked by the government.

Christmas lights are regulated products, Mr. Molina informed. Under the Product Certification Scheme of the DTI-Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS), a regulated product or a product that is covered by the mandatory certification, is submitted to the BPS Testing Center or any BPS-recognized laboratory for a series of tests, prior to distribution or sale in the market.

Mr. Molina underscored that only manufacturers and importers whose products pass the safety and quality requirements of a specific standard are issued with a PS License for locally-made products and the ICC Certification for imported products. The "PS" and "ICC" marks on the products ensure that these are safe to use.

These requirements, Mr. Molina said, are based on Republic Act 4109 (Standards Law), and Department Administrative Order (DAO) 01:1997 and DAO 05:2001, which require manufacturers and importers or distributors of these products to secure the PS License and ICC Certificate.

Christmas lights that were not inspected according to PNS 189:2000 may not satisfy the four mandatory requirements for ball pressure, torque, temperature rise, and wire tests, which may bring electric shock and overheating that will lead to fire resulting to loss of properties and lives.

Mr. Molina also advised consumers to check on the wires and plugs of Christmas lights. A DTI-certified Christmas light has a wire with outside diameter size of 1.5mm and the pin of the plug should not be easily bent.

Mr. Molina added that regular monitoring of mandatory products eradicates the pervasive sale of critical substandard products in the market at the same time safeguard consumers from unfair trade practices.

He also urged consumers to be vigilant and to report to the nearest DTI office in their respective areas, any businessmen who are selling substandard products. (PIA 8) [top]

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