ZAMBOANGA CITY: The trade department (DTI) is informing the public on how to spot an Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) to know whether the product they are buying is fake or not.
The DTI said it wants to protect the consumers from substandard Christmas lights and other products.
DTI-Zamboanga City Office Consumer Protection Division chief Ceferino Rubio said by just looking at the "silvery or hologram in color with ICC mark in the middle," a buyer will know if it’s fake.
Rubio added ‘that if the sticker is genuine, peeling it off will reveal the word "VOID." The DTI makes and issue the stickers with these added features.
Another unique marking in the ICC sticker is its number code, citing no two ICC stickers bear the same number code found in the sticker's interface, Rubio added.
The public may file their complaints with their office for proper action if after checking they find out that the security markings are missing, DTI said.
The DTI will also slap a fine of P17,500 or more those business establishments caught selling the said fake products.