DTI-Cagayan Consumer Protection Division conducted a two-day monitoring and inspection of Christmas Lights in major business establishments in Tuguegarao City on November 17 and 20, 2017.

The activity was conducted to assure the consuming public that the available Christmas lights displayed for sale in these establishments passed the requirements of Philippine National Standard 189:2000,  the Mandatory  Safety Standard and Label for Christmas Lights.

DTI through the Bureau of Philippine Standards regulates the sale of Christmas lights in the local market to protect consumers from hazards posed by this product. Under the Bureau’s product certification scheme, all importers of Christmas lights are required to have their import shipments be subjected to sampling and testing as required under PNS189:2000 prior to their sale.

Only those products that comply with the requirements are issued Import Commodity Clearance (ICC). PS License may also be issued to manufacturers of Christmas lights. Or and address, trademark or brand, rated voltage/wattage of the lamp, and the words “for indoor use only” or “for outdoor use” should be placed, as applicable.        

Meanwhile, a separate monitoring and enforcement were also conducted in province of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino on November 8-9, 2017 and November 28-19, 2017, respectively. All monitored firms were found to be compliant to all Fair Trade Laws.

As of November 2017, a total of 564 firms were monitored, of which 58 were penalized amounting to Php.331, 500.00.