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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region is urging the public to only patronize Christmas lights brands that adhere to mandatory standards.

The agency emphasized that uncertified ones, or those which do not have Product Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificates, may pose danger to the users and their properties as these may cause fire.

DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi said consumers must be cautious in buying holiday decorations, especially if such need electricity in order to work.

“For years now, DTI has really been advocating the use of safe and certified Christmas lights. We want to continuously remind consumers that those which do not meet the standards may cause their lives and properties,” she explained.

As early as September, the agency already started its monitoring activities throughout the region to ensure that the Christmas lights being sold in the local market are all PS or ICC-certified.

All certified Christmas lights are imported with PS marks or ICC stickers. PS marks are for foreign manufacturers with PS Certification Mark License, while ICC stickers are issued to importers with approved ICC. The hologram ICC sticker contains security features that can be verified by inspection with a seven-digit alpha-numeric serial number.

For 2017, all ICC certificates for Christmas lights issued by the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) from January 1, 2013 to present are still valid. Starting this year, the validity of the ICC certificates issued for imported Christmas lights shall be for a period of five years.

“Consumers should check that the name of the manufacturer, distributor and trademark are on the product packaging. If they want to gather another proof of the product’s quality and certification, they may also ask for a copy of the actual certificate,” she added.

The mandatory certification of LED Christmas lights or lighting chains shall be implemented by the BPS using PNS 189:2000 as reference to protect the consumers from the proliferation of substandard LED Christmas lights in the local market.

Exempted from the mandatory certification scheme are the following:

  • Christmas lights integral in Christmas trees/decors;
  • Rope lights;
  • Meteor tube lights/stick lights/laser lights;
  • Christmas lights using Edison screw lamp holder;
  • Battery-operated Christmas lights; and,
  • Other types may be exempted subject to further verification by the BPS.

For the complete list of certified Christmas lights, consumers may visit www.dti.gov.ph. Regular consumer updates are posted as well on DTI-Davao Region’s official Facebook page: DTI Region XI.

Meanwhile, DTI released a number of consumer tips when buying Christmas lights. Among them are the following:

  •  There must only be three cascades (not more than three sets of 100 bulbs are connected to each other);
  • Always turn off the Christmas lights when it is time to sleep. Never light them up overnight;
  • Never use sets that have damaged wires and busted bulbs;
  • When replacing bulbs, make sure that the replacement has the same wattage; and,
  • Always read the instruction manual.

Ambi encouraged the public to report to the nearest DTI office immediately should they find uncertified or substandard products or have been victims of unscrupulous business practices.♦

DAVAO CITY - The regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here are set to hold a two-day event that will not only benefit the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), but the job seekers and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as well.
 
Tagged as “Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan” (TNK), the event is expected to gather key stakeholders and highlight four activities which will happen on October 26 and 27 at Felcris Centrale along Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City.
 
The TNK will feature a jobs fair, livelihood and MSME seminars and workshops, trade fair and exhibit, and business and livelihood consultancy and advisory services.
 
DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi said the event is the agency’s response to the Philippine government’s development goals underscored in “Ambisyon 2040: Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay” and “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
 
“Apart from the Ambisyon 2040 development blueprint, the TNK is specifically geared towards contributing to Goals 8 and 9 of the 2030 Agenda,” the official said.
 
Goal 8 talks about “Decent Work and Economic Growth,” while Goal 9 aims to ”Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation.”
 
Ambi further revealed that a total of 70 companies, 30 overseas and 40 domestic, will join the job fair. They are expected to offer at least 700 job opportunities, ranging from clerical to managerial positions.
 
Meanwhile, the participating MSMEs, who will come from the different parts of the region, will be given the chance to find new markets as they exhibit their products and services in the trade fair. They will be provided as well with training programs and advisory services to improve their business management skills.
 
Those who would like to start their own business, on the other hand, may attend the lined-up livelihood seminars, which include entrepreneurial seminars on wearable and homestyle upcycling, mind-setting, and urban gardening.
 
Aside from attending these seminars, they may also opt to avail of the on-site business licensing and registration.
 
The OFWs, who have financial needs, are likewise anticipated to benefit the upcoming event since several microfinancing institutions and commercial banks will participate.  Cooperatives that are interested to avail of the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) may visit the TNK to learn more about the Duterte administration’s financing program.
 
For the consumer sector, the Consumer Organizations Summit will be conducted on October 26. Consumer-related issues and recommended interventions to empower the sector are anticipated to be discussed. The regional tilt on poster-making and quiz bee will be made, too.
 
“We are definitely optimistic about achieving our objectives, especially that we have the support of other government agencies and the private sector,” Ambi pointed out.
 
Among the partners of DTI-Davao Region for the October 2017 edition of TNK are the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Home Development and Mutual Fund (Pag-ibig), Social Security System (SSS), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Public Employment Service Office (PESO), and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

DAVAO CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region has further strengthened its commitment towards product standards, as it continuously carry out initiatives to campaign for the Bureau of Philippines Standards’ (BPS) Product Certification Scheme.

Through its Consumer Protection Division (CPD), the agency spearheaded the Seminar on Product Standards last September 29 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel here.

With the theme, “Standards Make Cities Smarter,” the activity served as a venue to provide information awareness on the Republic Act 4109 or Standards Law and various DTI issuance.

These include the following:

  • Department Administrative Order No. 04:2008, “The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Scheme of the Bureau of Philippine Standard;” 
  • Department Administrative Order No. 05:2008, “The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Issuance of the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) under the Product Certification Mark Scheme of the Bureau of Philippine Standards;” 
  • Department Administrative Order No. 15-01:2015, “Guidelines on the Mandatory Marking, Labeling and Packaging  for  Delisted Products under the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Scheme;” and,
  • Department Administrative Order No. 17-05:2017, “New Guidelines for Mandatory Certification of Portland Cement and Blended Hydraulic Cement with Pozzolan Covered by PNS 07:2005 and PNS 63:2006, respectively.

The said seminar is part of the celebration of the National Standards Week on October 8 to 14 and World Standards Day on October 14.). It also kicked off the region’s 2017 Consumer Welfare Month celebration. 

Stakeholders from both the public and private sectors representing the construction and hardware industry, consumer organizations and academic institutions were among the 175 participants of the one-day activity. 

The three resource persons from the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) discussed the importance of Product Certification Scheme and the Philippine National Standards’ (PNS) requirements on the mandatory markings and labeling for the electrical and electronic products, mechanical/building and construction materials and chemical and other consumer products under this system.

“This campaign will heighten retailer and consumer awareness and vigilance for quality and safe products,” Ambi said. 

For more information about product standards and other consumer-related concerns, anyone may visit DTI-Davao Regional Office at 4F Mintrade Realty Building, corner Monteverde and Sales Streets, Davao City. They may also contact them through landline number (082) 224-0511, local 417 and 420 (Consumer Protection Division).

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region will hold a Consumer Organizations’ Summit in the afternoon on October 26 at Felcris Centrale, Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City.

The summit aims to form a federation of all consumer organizations (COs) in the region to build a stronger stance towards consumer protection and empowerment.  As a federation, these groups are expected to unify and work towards a common direction to efficiently respond to consumers’ needs. 

DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi said being in the forefront of consumer protection and empowerment, the federation is a welcome development.

“As our partner they can definitely help us in pushing our mandate to continuously protect and empower consumers,” Ambi said.

This activity is one of the highlights of the Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) 2017.  October has been identified since 1998 as the CWM, though Proclamation No. 1098 which took effect in September 1998.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Consumer Rights in the Digital Age,” with DTI as the lead agency. 

“This year’s theme emphasize the need for consumers to be more vigilant and be on guard on their rights especially with the emergence of web-based business deals and online marketing,” Ambi explained.

The advocacy of this event is incorporated in the various activities lined-up for implementation during the month-long celebration. Among these activities are media interviews, hanging of CWM streamers and the culmination activity is a simultaneous conduct of Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan Fair and Consumer Quiz Bowl and Poster Making Contest on October 26-27 at Felcris Centrale.  

To recall, a Consumer Fun Run kicked off the month-long celebration last October 1. ♦

Mindanao Trade Fair

DAVAO CITY – The upcoming Mindanao Trade Expo (MTE) in Glorietta Mall in Makati City on October 2-5 will promote the newly-launched brand of the Matigsalugs, a group of Indigenous People (IP) in Davao City.

Launched during the opening ceremony of MTE 2017 in Abreeza Mall last August 11, “Nasabeka” carries not only the ingenuity of one of the city’s original inhabitants, but also the uniqueness of their culture.

MTE Foundation, Inc. (MTEFI) President Dr. Rosevic Del Rosario-Cembrano said that by bringing the brand to the national exhibition, the Matigsalugs will be introduced to potential institutional markets.

“As what Nasabeka means, we want unity to really prevail in all the endeavors that we do. We want that the organization will continuously work with our partners to improve the lives of all local entrepreneurs, especially those from the communities,” the medical Doctor-Entrepreneur shared.

It further exudes their commitment to product excellence and oneness with our objective for a better future.

Bearing the theme “Connecting Mindanao,” the MTE show in Glorietta is expected to open doors of opportunity for the island-region’s products and services. This will also serve as an avenue to underscore the ingenuity, reliability and creativity of the entrepreneurs behind them.

"With the Matigsalugs’ brand as among the MTE in Glorietta highlights, we are optimistic they will find new markets. After all, every intricate detail of their products represents their culture and the craftsmanship being passed on from generation to generation,” she said.

The birth of Nasabeka is a result of the sustained partnership between the government and private sector in developing local communities. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI), and MTEFI have gathered their resources together to equip the Matigsalug Council of Elders of Marilog District, Davao City, Inc. (MACOEMADDACI).

With the help of professional designers, training and seminars on the development of beads and agsam (a kind of fern), pompom (Sangkad), wearable, and basketry were conducted. At the end of series of skills upgrading interventions, unique and modern Matigsalug-inspired products were produced.

The designers who assist the Matigsalugs are Frankie Galagnara of Philippine Women’s College and Emi Englis of Emi Englis Couture and MTE Design Team for wearable, Yvette Punzalan of Yvette’s Bags Collections and MTEFI Product Development Trustee In-charge for pompom., DTI Designers Pool Juvenal Fernandez of Tagum Development Company, Inc. (TADECO) for basketry; Leny Castillo of Great Gifts Souvenirs for beads and agsam.

We want this project to be sustainable because we want to preserve the culture of our IPs, while letting the world know that they’ve got talents we can be proud of,” the MTEFI leader concluded. ♦

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