KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/15 Sept) – Authorities seized 89 “China phones” from five department stores in Kabacan town in North Cotabato when store owners failed to show pertinent papers as proof their sale of the product was legal.
Operatives from the National Telecommunications Commission in Region 12 (NTC-12) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team in North Cotabato (CIDT-Cotabato) led the raid on cellphone shops, among them the Skyway Warehouse and Retail, MC Square, JS Marketing, CoVace Marketing and Sugni Superstore.
Of the 89 mobile phones confiscated, 37 units were from Skyway, 25 from MC Square, 14 from Sugni, 8 from CoVace with eight and 5 from JS Marketing.
Immediately after the raid, the mobile phones were placed under the custody of the NTC-12 whose regional headquarters is located in Koronadal City in South Cotabato.
Insp. Edwin Lacostales, CIDT-Cotabato head, said the store owners failed to secure permit from the NTC-12 in their sale of imported mobile phones.
“This permit is needed to protect the customers. If the phone has an NTC permit, it means it underwent scrutiny from the office and that the unit is in good condition,” said Lacostales.
Authorities said importers of products, like mobile phones and other wireless technologies, must get a registration for each piece of equipment from the NTC.
They also have to get an import license from the NTC. The importer must present the Type Approval Certificate to NTC to get a registration number from NTC for each imported equipment and pay a corresponding fee for each of the units. (Malu Cadeliña Manar / MindaNews)