Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas lights’ ICC-marks in 
sticker forms, not pre-printed

THE telltale signs that standard Christmas lights passed through the government standards is that it should come in sticker forms and not pre-printed on the item’s package, share the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

These signs, or more formally called the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) ensure consumers that the products are hazard-free. 

DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo emphasizes that 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,” Sec. Domingo warned in reports. 

The ICC mark stickers are placed only on products which pass through DTI’s mandatory safety tests for safety and reliability,” Domingo stresses. 

DTI, which regulates the sale of Christmas lights in the local market hopes that by giving these early warnings, consumers are protected from the hazards such as electric shock and over heating by substandard products. 

DTI’s Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) Product Certification Scheme mandates that importers of Christmas lights shall secure an ICC certificate prior to the sale and distribution of their products in the local market. 

More than that, DTI Consumer Welfare Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya added that other than import labels, consumers should check on the package, especially on Christmas lights. 

She said consumers should read the manufacturer’s, supplier’s, distributor’s name, address and trademark or brand. 

The DTI has recently issued a list of manufacturers and brand names carried that have passed the standards. 

Malaya also said the package should include company rated voltage and rated wattage of the set; rated voltage and rated wattage of the lamp and this must include the words: ”For indoor use only. 

ICC Marks must also include the standard PNS 189:2000 and the batch/ lot number or bar code, she said. 

At this, DTI said fires and electrical power disruptions caused by substandard Christmas lights should not spoil the holidays. (racPIABohol)

City mayors’ hands, tied 
On illegal gambling drive 

CUTTING illegal gambling by the throat can only be good as how high its orders come, take it from a city mayor well within the heart of the country’s jueteng capital. 

In fact, San Fernando City’s mayor Oscar Rodriguez, who himself sits as the national President of the League of Cities in the Philippines (LCP) hinted when asked what the LCP’s position in the national drive against illegal gambling is. 

On this, he hinted that the city mayors hands are tied when it comes to the national campaign against illegal gambling, which the government has satisfactorily proven to be nothing but another of its lip-service campaigns. 

The LCC’s stand as reiterated by Rodriguez was essentially the same as the one uttered by Senator Chiz Escudero who pointed out that it’s the police, the top leaders and the gambling lords in collusion with each other that makes the [illegal gambling] business run. 

Escudero said with any of the three agreeing to the operations, there’s a big likelihood that illegal gambling thrives. 

Put in a relatively tough seat with the province of Pampanga as the center of country’s gambling operations, Rodriguez admitted that the drive wouldn’t go as far with national and provincial leaders hearts anywhere but not against illegal gambling. 

The country’s one of the best performing city mayors shared that he had a very sad experience with the campaign against illegal gambling. 

He admitted it was hard for him to release the order as he knew that a gambling lord campaigned for him in the previous elections. 

But owing to the issued national campaign, Rodriguez said he had to do it. 

The cat-and-mouse arrests and operations however died naturally when police realized the higher authorities were not as serious with the campaign, he said. 

Rodrigiez however did not elaborate if the “seriousness” was about the Palace decision to keep Interior and Local Government Secretary Rico Puno despite being allegedly accepting millions in illegal gambling protection money. 

“Honestly, we have more important things to do [as city mayors] than running after illegal gamblers, Rodriguez said in utter dismay at the comeback of the bets nationwide. (racPIABohol) 

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