PNoy signs into law GMA proposal to put safety labels on toys
MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has signed into law Republic Act 10620, or the “Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013.
The law requires that all toys and games manufactured here or abroad that are imported, donated, distributed and sold in the Philippines contain cautionary or safety labels to protect children against potential hazards to health.
The label should give information about the toy’s components, ingredients, attributes, and directions for use, as well safety warnings.
It also states that “a balloon, ball, marble, or toy or game which packaging is not compliance with the requirements of this Act shall be considered a misbranded or banned hazardous substance” [sic] and shall be “withdrawn from the market at the expense of the manufacturer or importer and shall not be allowed to be distributed, sold or offered for sale in the Philippines unless and until” the requirements of the law are complied with.
“Kung napapansin niyo po doon sa mga nakaraang buwan, mga nakaraang taon, meron po tayong mga balita nung mga ibang hazardous materials na naisasama po doon sa mga laruan nung ating mga anak, ating mga pamangkin, at dito ho sa batas na ito, kailangan na hong lagyan ng label ‘yung mga laruang ito,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
Toys that would not be in compliance with the law shall be confiscated.
But Section 14 of the law provides manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and importers a grace period of one year to comply with the law’s requirements from the effectivity of the law.
The Department of Health shall publish every six months a list of all misbranded or banned hazardous substances.
Violators of the law may face a fine of P10,000 to P50,000 or a jail term of three months to two years.
The law consolidates Senate Bill No. 3367 which was authored by Senators Manny Villar and Miriam Defensor Santiago and House Bill No. 6529 which is authored by Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga), Diosdado M. Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) and Rufus Rodriguez.