The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reminds its accredited service and repair shops that their filing of renewal of accreditation without penalty is only until 31 January 2017.
The DTI’s Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau – Business Licensing and Accreditation Division (FTEB-BLAD), issues the accreditation to service and repair shops prior to their operations. According to Section 1 of Presidential Decree 1572, “All Enterprises and technical personnel employed therein engaged in the service and repair of motor vehicles, heavy equipment, engines and engineering works; electronics, electrical, airconditioning and refrigeration; office equipment; medical and dental equipment; and other consumer industrial electro-mechanical chemical and gaseous equipment, machinery appliances or devices, shall apply for accreditation with the Department of Trade, and also apply for the renewal on or before the end of January.”
The DTI-FTEB’s Certificate of Accreditation for a service or repair shop is valid from the date it was issued up to December 31st of the calendar year.
DTI-FTEB Officer-in-Charge Ferdinand L. Manfoste emphasizes, “We urge the accredited service and repair shops to comply with this rule because a late renewal of accreditation is subject to payment of surcharge of 25% of the annual fees.”
In three (3) sessions last November and December 2016, the DTI-FTEB conducted the Forum and Capacity Building on Accreditation of Service and Repair Enterprises to orient owners and technicians of accredited service and repair enterprises on the existing government regulations pursuant to PD 1572. Among the topics discussed were on the accreditation requirements, enforcement activities, TESDA training and assessment programs for technicians, and, insurance coverage requirements.
DTI-Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua met with the accredited service and repair shops in one (1) of the three (3) sessions and said, “It is important that the shops’ personnel are equipped. Thus, I encourage owners and technicians to constantly hone their skills to provide only quality services.