10.28.2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

DTI warns retailers to sell only Christmas lights with valid ICC certificates, stickers

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 27 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office warns the local retailers to stop selling to the public christmas lights without valid Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) Certificates.

According to DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan, valid ICC certificates are those issued starting January 2013 up to the present.

Negapatan stressed that in the interest and for the safety of the consuming public, DTI advises retailers to refrain from selling their Christmas lights and lighting chain products that have no ICC certificates and ICC stickers, and also those with ICC certificates being issued in 2012 or earlier.

The said guidelines had been set forth on the Memorandum Circular No. 15-04 series of 2015 issued by the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS). Along with this memo circular, the BPS recently released a list of valid ICC Certificates for Christmas Lights as of October 9, 20145 indicating the product brand names and importing companies.

For dealers and retailers who are interested to know these specific brands and name of importers, they are encouraged to visit the DTI provincial office located at the 2nd Floor, Simtoco Business Center, Burgos Street, this city and contact Mrs. Josephine D. Gabutin, Consumer Welfare Desk Officer.

They can also contact DTI office consumer hotline number (086) 826-6129 and 0939-153-2957. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


COMELEC confirms influx of “deadline beaters” for voter registration

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 27 (PIA) – As October 31, 2015 deadline for voter registration draws near, Atty. Ernie Palanan, provincial election supervisor here, confirmed the influx of people to city and municipal Commission on Election (COMELEC) offices province-wide.

He said since October 17, all COMELEC offices at city and municipal levels had been open to welcome registrants for 12 hours daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The COMELEC here had been looking forward to some three percent more or equivalent to 10,950 out of 359,672 registered voters who have yet to undergo biometrics.

It was learned that both the municipalities of Lingig and Tagbina, all of District II, had to exert more effort to step up their voter registration campaign, being in the “bottom two” in the list that need to urge the remaining seven and five percent of their respective registered voters to submit for biometrics capturing.

On the part of Tandag City COMELEC office, Atty. Riza Constantino said they had been continuing to experience crowding of registrants as the deadline gets closer.

Tandag City, which has a total of 34,674 registered voters, is only looking for about three percent more or equivalent to 915 registered voters who have yet to undergo biometrics capturing in order to post a 100 percent achievement.

Bislig City COMELEC chief Alma Acosta for her part said that biometrics capturing in her area, which has the highest number of registered voters at 55,270 province-wide, had been smooth sailing.

As of latest update, Bislig has four percent more remaining of its total number of registered voters or equivalent to 1,949 to be subjected for biometrics.

However, no city or municipalities here had ever made that perfect registration feat.


Surigao del Sur is comprised to two cities and 17 municipalities. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)