LEGAZPI CITY – With Christmas season just around the corner, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Bicol has reminded anew consumers to only buy Christmas lights that bear the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark to ensure a hazard-free holiday festivity.
DTI Bicol Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco states, “DTI alerts the public to be vigilant and extra cautious in choosing the Christmas lights they buy and adorn in their homes so as not to put the lives of their loved ones in danger.”
“Only those sets of Christmas lights with the ICC mark sticker have passed DTI’s mandatory safety tests, thus these products are safe and reliable to use,” stressed Director Blanco.
DTI regulates the sale of Christmas lights in the local market to protect consumers from the hazards posed by substandard products such as electric shock and overheating that often lead to fire, property damages and even loss of lives.
Under the DTI-Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) Product Certification Scheme that is based on the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 05:2008, all importers of Christmas lights shall secure an ICC certificate, prior to the sale and distribution of their products in the local market.
Only those whose products have complied with the requirements based on the Philippine National Standard on Christmas lights (PNS 189:2000) are appropriately issued with the ICC Certificate and are allowed to affix the ICC stickers on their products or product packages.
Blanco has emphasized, “The ICC mark is in sticker form and comes with a unique serial number. Those sets of Christmas lights with pre-printed ICC mark on its package are definitely uncertified and did not undergo proper tests and inspections of the Department.
Consumers may report stores selling Christmas lights without ICC marks to DTI Regional Office at Tel. No. 4805721 or to the nearest DTI Provincial Office.