CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--To ensure a safe and fire-free celebration this yuletide season in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 alongside the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-10 has intensified its crackdown on substandard Christmas paraphernalia, illegal firecrackers, and combustible materials in the city.
“The Department of Trade and Industry fully supports the Iwas Paputok campaign of the DOH together with our partner agencies, especially now in the time of the pandemic, The DTI’s main role is to regulate and inspect the manufacturers of fire crackers,” says DTI-10 Information Officer Julie Nieva during Talakayan sa PIA.
Despite having no firecracker manufacturers in northern Mindanao and having bulk of firecrackers suppliers coming from Bulacan, Cebu, and Iloilo, DTI-10 still pursues its duties through advocating responsible selling and educating consumers about their quality inspection stickers.
“The best way for our consumers to know the integrity and quality of their firecrackers and Christmas lights is to check if these products have Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers or Philippine Standards (PS) mark in them,” she said.
Products with these stickers mean they have passed quality inspection from the bureau of quality standards of DTI and are safe to use according to the instructions.
One way to ensure that the stickers are not fake is through the ICC verification system which can be downloaded on the app store at any Android device.
“As consumers, we should not just focus on the stickers of the products, we should also be mindful of their proper billing such as their voltage, manufacturer, and instructions,” Nieva said noting that some fire incidents are caused by consumers not following proper product specifications.
As for illegal firework policing, Nieva said they have found an improvement in terms of illegal fireworks policing compared to last year, which she attributes to the strong information drive campaigns from various government agencies.
Fire-free celebrations through education
In partnership with the DTI-10, PNP-10 and other line agencies in the region, BFP-10 also advocates for a regulated and fire-free 2020 yuletide celebrations.
“Through our OPLAN Paalala, we remind our stakeholders to adhere to the BFP guidelines and enforce firework organizers to get clearances in different municipalities when conducting fire-work displays,” BFP-10 SInsp Arnold P Lagbas said.
In their annual Fire Safety Oplan Paalala: Iwas Paputok/Electrical Safety for Christmas Decorations which will run through December 1-31, the BFP targets to intensify information dissemination regarding holiday fire-safety best practices such as educating the general public of low quality Christmas lights and inspection of potential electrical fire-prone establishments and objects while adhering health safety protocols.
In addition to information initiatives for households and establishments, the BFP also enforces strict regulatory protocols for pyrotechnic/fireworks show organizers, which Lagbas mentioned has become a new tradition in the city especially for LGUs and private establishments.
“To all our stakeholders, we should always have the right clearances when conducting pyrotechnics or any kind, our enforcers are ready to assist; this is a collaboration between all agencies,” Lagbas said. (VPSB/PIA10)
DTI-10 Information Officer Julie Nieva shares during Talakayan sa PIA that the DTI’s main role is to regulate and inspect the manufacturers of fire crackers and other related products to ensure fire-safety and integrity for consumers in the region. (VPSB/PIA10)
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