Rep. Angara urges DTI: Get rid of sub-standard X’mas bargains

AURORA Rep. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara today called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to step up its efforts against sub-standard products that may be sold as Christmas bargains in sidewalks and malls across the nation.

According to the lawmaker, it is not enough for the DTI to merely remind the public not to buy products that do not bear the Philippine Standard (PS) or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks.

The PS and ICC marks are normally stamped on critical products such as Christmas lights, home appliances, LPG cylinders, electrical and electronic devices, wires and cables, fire extinguishers, safety matches and lighters to make it easier for the buying public to differentiate safe and reliable goods from inferior and defective ones.

“Since most of our kababayans are on shopping mode now, we urge our trade officials to intensify their efforts in assuring that only products that have passed certain standards are out there in the market,” Angara said, pointing out that “if there will be a need to conduct raid operations everyday, so be it, just to make sure that the consumers are spared from these hazardous and unworthy products.”

Angara also wants the DTI, through its Bureau of Products Standards (BPS), to further improve its information campaign to warn consumers against patronizing sub-standard products.

“Tayo po ay nananawagan na rin sa ating mga kababayan na maging mahusay at metikoloso sa pamimili ng mga produkto ngayong  kapaskuhan,” he exhorted the buying public, even adding: “Buying quality products that last longer are always considered wise investments. Huwag po natin gawing batayan lamang ang presyo sa pagpili ng ating mga bibilhin.”

It can be recalled that substandard Christmas lights, which are susceptible to overheating and short-circuiting, had been repeatedly blamed for past fires that claimed many lives and damaged many properties.

“Whether shopping for products for personal use or to give as gifts, consumers must see to it that the products they purchase met the quality standards required by the government. They might have saved money on buying cheaper-priced products, but in the process risked their safety and health,” Angara added.

Aside from electrical and electronic products, the solon from Aurora also warned against toys that may be hazardous to health, particularly those highly tainted with lead.

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