Regulation Of Sale And Purchase Of Mobile Phone Units In Baguio City Proposed

City Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr has proposed an ordinance regulating the sale and purchase, trade-in, pawning, repair, servicing and maintenance of brand new, used, pre-owned and reconditioned mobile phone units.

The proposal will also cover transactions entered into by the consumers, dealers, and retailers of mobile phone units service and repair centers, including pawnshops and cellphone repair shops.

In its explanatory clause, Yangot stated that all business establishments engaged in mobile phones are required to secure a license from the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) and a business permit from the local government unit (LGU).

The seller or pawnee of the mobile phone is required to show proof of ownership to their mobile phone center or pawnshop which will include two valid identification cards, official receipt of original purchase, certificate of ownership of the unit, battery charger and other accessories for verification purposes.

The proposed ordinance provides for the right of the mobile phone centers or pawnshops to buy, accept or reject the used or pre-owned mobile phone if proof of ownership, as required, has been satisfactorily or unsatisfactorily presented.

The owner, operator or employees of the mobile phone centers or pawnshops are required to get the complete name, address and telephone number of the individual selling or pawning the used or pre-owned phone.

Pawnshops or establishments are required to present to prospective buyers, proof of ownership of the original owner of the phone unit on sale.

Any individual or establishment found to have a mobile unit obtained through illegal means shall be imposed a penalty of imprisonment of six months to one year or a fine of PhP5,000 with revocation of business permit. (PNA)
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