THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has filed formal charges against nine automotive supply shops in Quezon City who were found selling vehicle batteries and lighters without the proper markings.
Products sold in the country are required to have the Philippine Standards (PS) license, import commodity clearance (PCC) certificate, and other labels as required by the Philippine National Standard (PNS).
The agency found eight establishments selling 110 pieces of lead-acid automotive batteries and pneumatic tires worth P552,762 without proper labels during inspections conducted by its Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) from June 28 to July 4.
These sellers were identified Mercury Battery Industries Inc.; Four L’s Corp.; Tyrepro Banawe Inc.; Jawe Marketing; Kar Motion Tires, Batteries and Accessories; MJM Auto Care Center; LP Herrera Tire Supply; and Trade.com.ph Corp.
In addition, 145 pieces of disposable lighters without the PS or ICC marks were found at the Ever Plus Store Inc.
The DTI said these nine establishments violated provisions of the Republic Act (R A) No. 4109 or the Standards Law as implemented by Department Administrative Order (DAO) 02: 2007, and Article 77 of RA No. 7394, which is known as the Consumer Act.
The DTI-FTEB has also issued notices of violation to the nine establishments found to have violated the consumer and standard laws.
The FTEB inspected 70 automotive supply sellers across the National Capital Region (NCR).
DTI Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba led the operations in Quezon City on Thursday together with DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) Director Atty. Ann Claire C. Cabochan and DTI-FTEB officer-in-charge Ferdinand L. Manfoste.
“An investigation will proceed and appropriate penalties shall be imposed to establishments that were found selling products without proper markings,” Dimagiba said.
The DTI regulates consumer and chemical products such as brake fluid, safety belt (seat belt), safety glass for automotive use, pneumatic tire, fire extinguisher, fireworks, lead-acid battery, disposable lighter, safety match, LPG cylinder for household and automotive uses, inner tubes for tires, motorcycle helmet and their visors, medical grade oxygen, and monobloc chairs or stool.
Manufacturers, importers and distributors of these products are required to apply for a PS license or an ICC certificate prior to distribution and sale in the market and subject their products to tests, inspections and evaluation based on the PNS.