DTI issues Notices of Violation to Firms violating the FTLs in Maddela, Quirino

TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2 Enforcement Team, led by Consumer Welfare Division Officer-in-Charge Randy Cacacho, issued Notices of Violation to establishments that were found violating the Price Tag Law (RA 71), Standards Law (RA 4109) and Presidential Decree (PD) 1572 or the Repair Shop Accreditation Law during on spot monitoring and enforcement activities conducted in Maddela, Quirino recently

DTI-2 information officer Manilyn Ponce, said of the 11 business establishments monitored, seven establishments were found violating the Price Tag Law (RA 71), Standards Law (RA 4109) and Presidential Decree (PD) 1572 or the Repair Shop Accreditation Law.

The team found one establishment not complying with RA 71, otherwise known as the Price Tag Law. Another firm was found violating RA 4109, or the Standards Law, by displaying and selling Christmas lights with expired Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) and other electrical supplies that are uncertified and five shops were found not complying with PD 1572 or the Repair Shop Accreditation Law, Ponce added.

While, DTI Quirino Provincial Office, through OIC PD Ma. Sofia G. Narag, resolved through mediation the violations of Fair Trade Laws and other products and services falling under DTI’s jurisdiction.

Narag said that all of the business owners/representatives issued with notice of violations appeared at the DTI Quirino Provincial Office.

All the respondents admitted their violations and promised to strictly comply with the provisions of the law. A total of Php 25,000 of administrative fines were imposed to them.

Under the Price Tag Law, retailers are required to place price tags on every product displayed and offered for sale. It is in place to keep retailers from changing the prices of goods without warning.

On the other hand, R.A. 4109 or the Product Standards Law prohibits the distribution, sale, or offer for sale of any product covered by Philippine Standard Certification Schemes which does not conform to the required and applicable PNS quality or safety standards. Department Order No. 2 series of 2007 prohibits importation, distribution, sale, offer for sale or manufacture of any product covered by mandatory product certification which does not bear the BPS required identification and product markings.

Under Presidential Decree (PD) 1572, or the Repair Shop Accreditation Law, no service shops can operate unless duly accredited by the DTI to ensure public safety and consumer welfare. This covers repair shops for air conditioner, refrigerator, and motor vehicle, heavy equipment, computer, electronic and electrical units.

The DTI enjoins the consumers to check on the required marks and labels prior to purchase of goods. They should also look for duly accredited repair shops for their mechanical, electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning requirements. PNA-northboundasia.com