The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has put on hold the sale of 600 sets of Christmas lights suspected to be uncertified and sub-standard products in business establishments in this city.
This came after the DTI, backed by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), started on Tuesday the conduct of inspection on business establishments selling electrical Christmas decorations here.
DTI Provincial Regulatory Division chief Ceferino Rubio said the inspection will ensure that no sub-standard electrical decorations are sold for the yuletide season.
Rubio said all the electrical Christmas decorations being sold must have the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) from the DTI’s Bureau of Public Standards (BPS).
The 600 sets of Christmas lights, sealed in boxes by the DTI, were found being sold in five of the several business establishments they have inspected, Rubio said.
He said the Christmas lights will remain in the possession of the five stores and cannot be sold until after verification and investigation by the DTI’s central office.
He warned businessmen not to fabricate their own ICC since its serial numbers could be verified if it is genuine or fake at the DTI central office.
He said appropriate penalty will be slapped against any businessman fabricating and using fake ICC stickers.
He advised the public to look for the ICC stickers in buying Christmas lights to ensure the product passed the BPS.