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DTI MisOr, CDOCPCC confiscate 266 Christmas lights

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA)--The Department of Trade and Industry Misamis Oriental Provincial Office (DTI MisOr) and Cagayan de Oro City Price Coordinating Council (CDOCPCC) conducted a joint monitoring of Christmas lights sold in Cagayan de Oro City markets, November 25.

The activity was conducted in ten different establishments in the city to check whether the Christmas lights sold are compliant with the Philippine International Standard requirements and DTI Department Order No. 2 series of 2007.

"This is a product enforcement monitoring on Christmas lights. We are monitoring if the products being sold are in compliance with the safety standards, such as having a valid PS License and exact marking that is visible to assure the public that what they are buying is safe to use," says DTI Misamis Oriental Consumer Protection Division Chief Engineer Angelo A. Devero.

A total of 266 Christmas lights were discovered to have no ICC stickers and no proper markings as required in the agency's department order and the Philippines International Standard. The said lights were confiscated by the DTI, followed by the issuing of a Notice of Violation requiring establishments forty-eight hours to submit their explanation.

Devero explained that the agency gives due process to all violators, which allows them to give their explanations as to why they have sold such items and why they should not be formally charged. However, if an establishment or reseller were found to violate Philippine standards, they would be formally charged, and administrative fines would be imposed with a minimum amount of P25,000.

He also added that all confiscated items, after being proven to be substandard, will be destroyed to avoid being used or resold, with the Commission on Audit serving as a witness to the destruction of the items.

DTI reminds the consuming public that when purchasing Christmas lights, they should check if there is a PS Mark or ICC sticker on the item and if proper markings are visible for indoor or outdoor use, length, voltage requirements, and up to how many connections it is allowed to have. It is important to be vigilant to avoid harm and enjoy a safe Christmas. (JAKA/PIA-10/Misamis Oriental)

DTI Misamis Oriental personnel seals the confiscated Christmas light that bears no proper markings and no ICC or PS Marks. The items will be safely kept in their office pending the investigation and response of the establishment to the notice of violation issued by the agency. (JAKA/PIA-10/Misamis Oriental)

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