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Helmet suppliers face administrative and criminal cases
Friday, March 1, 2013
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo orders the filing of administrative and criminal cases against importers and retailers selling products with fake Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers or in mere possession of fake ICC stickers.
In DTI's recent monitoring and enforcement activities, Unitop General Merchandise in Dumaguete City, was found selling motorcycle helmets with fake ICC stickers allegedly supplied by an importer, Double E Trading. In a follow-up activity of the warehouse of Unitop General Merchandise in Malabon City, DTI found 60 motorcycle helmets without ICC stickers and confiscated 1,200 pieces of ICC stickers that are allegedly fake.
The DTI warns the retailers from carrying the following brands including Ben 2, KH, NSS, Oscar, Cobra, Pioneer, 2A and Sunstar that are allegedly affixed with fake ICC stickers until they submit them for proper verification. According to the records of the DTI’s Bureau of Product Standards (BPS), an importer, Double E Trading with address at No. 525 Femii Bldg., A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila, has imported these brands of motorcycle helmets.
“Retail outlets with the said brands may go to the nearest DTI office for verification of the ICC stickers. It is better that they do this before DTI enforcement teams find them in possession of motorcycle helmets with fake ICC stickers,” DTI-Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation Group (CWBRG) Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya said.
“With the aid of a lead microscope, the DTI-Dumaguete proved that several security features of the ICC sticker were absent. Then the APO printing company that developed the ICC sticker in hologram attested that the ICC stickers found in Unitop’s warehouse are indeed fake,” Maglaya said.
“Based on a series of investigations, the DTI issued the formal charges to Unitop General Merchandise in Dumaguete City and Malabon City and to Double E Trading for violations of Republic Acts (R. A.) 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act and 4109 or the Standards Law,” she added.
Under Republic Act 4109 or the Standards Law and its implementing guidelines, all manufacturers and importers of standard protective motorcycle helmets are required to secure a Philippine Standard (PS) license and ICC certificate respectively, prior to the sale and distribution of their products in the market. The DTI issues the license and certificate to those manufacturers and importers, respectively, whose products have passed the tests and inspection based on the Philippine National Standard/ United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (PNS/UN ECE) 22:2007. The manufacturers and importers with the licenses and certificates are authorized to use the PS and ICC marks on their products.
The ICC stickers are imbedded with security features and codes traceable to the importer and specific product per shipment. An importer is required to place an ICC sticker on each motorcycle helmet of its shipment prior to distribution and sale to any establishment and dealer.
“The DTI commits to run after those that violate the laws and rules and only think of profits over the safety of the consumers,” Maglaya emphasized.
Specifically, the distribution and sale of motorcycle helmets without the ICC stickers or with fake ICC stickers violates the R. A. 4109, R. A. 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act, DTI DAO 02:2007, DTI DAO 05:2008 with administrative penalties of fines up to P300,000.00, a cease and desist order or a revocation of the PS license or the ICC certificate, without prejudice to the filing of criminal or civil actions against said violators.