• DTI may limit use, sale of hoverboards

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    THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is poised to issue restrictions on the use and sale of hoverboards because of safety concerns.

    DTI Undersecretary Victor Dimagiba said the department is concerned over issues that recently cropped up such as the explosion of units while they are being charged.

    “Kailangan po natin ma-address ang issue na aksidente sa ibang bansa, lalo na yung sinasabing nag-eexplode kapag tsina-charge ang baterya [We have to address these problems, especially reports that some units exploded while they are being charged],” he said.

    Dimagiba said hoverboards should only be used by people 15 years old and above.
    He added that the DTI and the Department of Health (DOH) will conduct an investigation to ensure the safety of buyers.

    Under the current regulation issued by the DOH, electronic toys used by children should not exceed 24 volts. This applies to children 14 years old and below.

    Hoverboards use a 36 volt battery.

    “Aalamin natin sino po ang nagpapasok ng Hoverboard sa Pilipinas at tayoy makikipagusap sa kanila ng maiayos ang industriya ng hoverboard,” he said.

    Hoverboards are being sold for as low as P9,000 and as high as P25,000.

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    1. Why don’t DTI concentrate on creating policies that protect our local industries instead? The wire rod industry has gone kaput because DTI policies tend to favor import rather than providing incentives to local manufacturers that they can have greater market. We do not have a steel industry because DTI is sleeping on the job. A nationwide railways system will demand a lot of steel products and DTI should prepare for the policies and systems that will enhance entrepreneurial interests on this endeavor including those downstream industries that will sprout from a railways system.

      Did DTI impose the professional and industry standards on those railcars imported from tsayna? Did they study what ASTM standards should have applied prior to their importation? If not, they should have filed the prayer that will not allow their importation. Did DTI created the ASTM standards for every car being manufactured locally? With due respect to Mr. Greg, I think DTI have a lot of reorientation to do viz their role towards ASEAN integration. Likewise, I should suggest that DTI create a think tank which should analyze our country’s participation in any of the drama (eg. TPP, AIIB, etc) being foistered on us as they affect our local industries’ capacity. Their scientific recommendations should always supersede any political decision.