Information on the Safety of Motorcycle Helmet

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A. DTI-BPS’ Product Certification Scheme

  1. On 09 September 2008, DTI-BPS issued DAO 10:2008 for the mandatory implementation of Philippine National Standard/ United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (PNS/UN ECE) 22:2007, which was published on 21 November 2008 in Manila Times and Manila Standard Today.
  2. It requires all manufacturers and importers of motorcycle helmets to secure a Philippine Standard (PS) license or an Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificate prior to sale/distribution of their products under the DTI-Bureau of Product Standards’ (BPS) Product Certification Scheme.
  3. Only those manufactures and importers whose products comply with PNS requirements are issued with the PS License and ICC Certificate.
  4. DTI-BPS has adopted the UN ECE standard specifications and test methods for protective helmets as PNS/UN ECE 22:2007 to provide the industry with a reference standard in manufacturing reliable protective helmets and ensure the public that helmets sold in the market are reliable and would protect motorcyclists from serious head injuries.
  5. PNS/UN ECE 22:2007 was published in Manila Times and Manila Standard Today on 12 January 2009 as a pull-out supplement.
  6. From January 2009 to 12 July 2012, the DTI-BPS has issued the ICC certificate to 32 importers with 51 brands

B. Republic Act 10054 – An Act Mandating All Motorcycle Riders to Wear Standard Protective Motorcycle Helmets While Driving and Providing Penalties Therefore

  1. The Republic Act 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act was signed on 23 March 2010 to secure the safety of drivers of motorcycles and their passengers from injurious effects of fatal or life threatening accidents and crashes.
  2. RA 10054 aims to secure the safety of motorists, their passengers and pedestrians at all times through the mandatory enforcement of the use of standard protective motorcycle helmet.
  3. All motorcycle riders shall at all times wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving, whether short or long distances, in any road and highway.
  4. Standard protective motorcycle helmets are appropriate types of helmets for motorcycle riders that comply with the specifications issued by the DTI.
  5. The DTI shall issue guidelines including the specifications regarding standard motorcycle protective helmets.
  6. Drivers of tricycles shall be exempted from complying with the mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets.
  7. A seller and/ or dealer of new motorcycles shall offer motorcycle helmets with the PS or ICC mark to buyers.
  8. The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and its attached agency, Land Transportation Office (LTO), shall issue guidelines necessary to implement this Act.
  9. The DTI through its BPS shall utilize the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Protocols as a basis for the specifications in the approval and disapproval of motorcycle helmets that will be sold in the market.
  10. All manufacturers and importers of standard protective motorcycle helmets are required to secure a Philippine Standard (PS) license and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC certificate respectively, prior to the sale and distribution of their products in the market.
  11. The DTI-BPS shall periodically publish the list of manufacturers and importers that were issued the PS licenses and ICC certificates in newspapers or the DTI/ BPS website.
  12. Only those standard protective helmets bearing the PS or ICC mark shall be sold in the market.
  13. This Act shall have administrative sanctions to those found violating the provisions thereof:
    1. Any person caught not wearing the standard protective helmet shall be punished with a fine of:
      • First offense – P1,500.00
      • Second offense – P3,000.00
      • Third offense – P5,000.00
      • Fourth offense and succeeding offenses – P10,000 .00 and confiscation of driver’s license
    2. Any seller and/ or dealer found selling motorcycle helmets without the PS or ICC mark shall be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000.00 but not more than P20,000.00.
    3. Any person who uses, sells and distributes substandard motorcycle helmets that do not bear the PS or ICC mark shall be punished with a fine of:
      • First offense – not less than P3,000.00
      • Second offense – P5,000.00

      Without prejudice to other penalties imposed in the Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

    4. Tampering, alteration, forgery and imitation of the PS and ICC marks on the helmets shall be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000.00 but not more than P20,000.00 without prejudice to other penalties imposed in the Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

C. DOTC-DTI Cooperation

  1. The Republic Act 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act was signed on 23 March 2010 to secure the safety of drivers of motorcycles and their passengers from injurious effects of fatal or life threatening accidents and crashes.
  2. To properly implement RA 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act, the Department Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and the DTI forged the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 01 Series of 2011 (Rules and Regulations Implementing the Provisions of Republic Act 10054 of 2009 entitled an Act Mandating All Motorcycle Riders to Wear Substandard Protective Motorcycle Helmets while Driving and Providing Penalties Therefore) and signed it on 26 December 2011.
  3. The JAO 01:2011 clears the responsibilities of DTI and DOTC.
    1. The DTI ensures that manufacturers and importers consistently comply with the safety standards on helmet; and that retailers only sell PS and ICC-marked helmets for motorcycle users.
    2. The DOTC ensures that the motorcycle drivers and passengers always wear their PS or ICC-marked helmets.
    3. Both Departments are expected to conduct information and education campaign on the use of certified helmets for safety and protection on the roads.

D. PNS/UN ECE 22:2007 – Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of Protective Helmets and their Visors for Drivers and Passengers of Motorcycles and Mopeds

  1. The PNS/UN ECE 22:2007 was developed by BPS/TC44/SC22 – TC on Road Vehicles Subcommittee on Motorcycles.
  2. It applies to protective helmets for drivers and passengers of mopeds and of motorcycles with or without side-car and to visors fitted to such helmets or intended to be added to them
  3. Definitions
    1. Protective helmet – a helmet intended to primarily protect the wearer’s head against impact; it is in the form of a hard outer shell that is designed to protect the cranial areas of users in the event of a collision, crash or fall
    2. Visor – transparent protective screen extending over the eyes and covering all or part of the face
    3. Retention system – complete assembly that maintains helmet position on the head and prevents it from flying off the wearer’s head during quick head movements or accident, including any devices for adjustment of the system or to enhance the wearer’s comfort. This includes china strap, double-D ring or sliding bar fastening device, quick-release mechanism, buckle.
    4. Protective padding – material used to absorb impact energy
    5. Comfort padding – a material provided for comfort of the wearer

      Fig. 1 Diagram of a Protective Helmet
      Note: Protective helmets for drivers and passengers of motorcycles were designed to reduce the chances of serious head, brain, and facial injuries and death from motorcycle crashes but are not designed to prevent injuries to other parts of the body.
  4. General Specification
    1. Helmet
      • Helmet shall be in the form of a hard outer shell, containing additional means of absorbing impact energy, and retention system.
      • May be fitted with ear flaps and a neck curtain. It may also have a detachable peak, a visor and a lower face cover
      • If fitted with a non-protective lower face cover, it should be marked that it does not protect chin from impacts.

        Fig. 2 Symbol “Does not protect chin from impact”
      • Helmet shall not dangerously affect wearer’s ability to hear. The temperature in the space between the head and the shell shall not rise inordinately; ventilation holes may be provided in the shell.
      • There shall be no inward-facing sharp edges on the inside of the helmet; rigid projecting internal parts shall be covered with padding
      • various components of the helmet shall be so assembled that they are not liable to become easily detached as a result of an impact
  5. Retention system
    1. Retention systems shall be protected from abrasion.
    2. All parts of the retention system shall be permanently attached to the system or to the helmet
  6. Material
    1. Material used shall not undergo appreciable alteration under the influence of ageing or exposure to sun, extreme temperature and rain.
    2. Materials that come in contact to skin shall not undergo appreciable alteration through the effect of perspiration; shall not use materials known to cause skin troubles.
  7. Performance
    1. Helmet shall not exhibit breakage or deformation dangerous to the wearer
  8. Visors
    1. Visors shall be removable; must be possible to move the visor our of the field of vision with one hand.
    2. A mark on visors shall specify if it’s for “Daytime use only”.

      Fig. 3 Symbol for “Day use only”
    3. Visors shall be free from any significant defects such as bubbles, scratches, dull spots, holes, mould marks that can likely impair the vision.
    4. Visors shall not cause any noticeable distortion of object as seen through the visor, shall be resistant to abrasion and impact, and shall not give rise to any confusion between colour used in road traffic sign and signals
  9. Tests
    1. Impact-absorption – measures helmet’s capacity to absorb impact when dropped in a guided free fall onto a fixed steel anvil
    2. Test for projections and surface friction – done to assess the way in which an outer shell will sheer away, become detached, or slide off when impacted
    3. Rigidity test – determines the strength of the helmet; measures the deformation of a helmet when weight is applied to each side of the helmet
    4. Dynamic test of the retention system – test to ensure that the helmet remains securely fastened to the rider’s head
    5. Visor test (field of vision, luminous transmittance, light diffusion, recognition of traffic signal lights, mechanical characteristics – drop-hammer test, wherein no sharp splinters are produced if visor is shattered; and optical quality and scratch resistance)
    6. Micro-slip test of the chin strap – slippage of the grip shall not exceed 10 mm
    7. Test for resistance to abrasion of chin strap– shall withstand a tension of 3 kN without breaking
    8. Tests for retention systems relying on quick-release mechanisms
  10. Markings
    1. Helmet – trade name/mark, size, if appropriate, an indication if the lower face to protect chin against impact
    2. Visor – trade name/mark, if appropriate, an indication if the visor is for day time use only
    3. Information for Wearers – shall be clearly visible
      • “For adequate protection, this helmet must fit closely and be securely attached. Any helmet that has sustained a violent impact should be replaced”
      • “Does not protect chin from impacts” together with symbol – for non-protective lower face cover
      • “Warning – Do not apply paint, stickers, petrol or other solvents to this helmet”
      • Every helmet shall be clearly marked with its size and its maximum weight
      • Shall bear the type of visor
      • Every visor attached to a helmet shall include information on general instruction for storage and care; instructions for cleaning; suitability of the visor for use in conditions of poor visibility, daytime and night time
    4. Conspicuity marking – Helmet may be required to contribute to the conspicuity of the rider both during daytime and night through use of reflective materials in the front, rear, right and left.



ICC CERTIFICATE HOLDERS (2012) BRAND Total Volumes of Helmet
ATG5 Trading Corporation VOLTZ 2,618
DNC Trading INDEX 10,908
Double E Trading BEN-2 3,795
Eastway Racing Company, Inc. INDEX 10,788
Grayeagle Enterprises GPX/MRC 200
Honda Philippines, Inc. INDEX 31,804
Manila Safety Cycling Devices Corporation HPH 4,440
Motoactive Corporation AINON/KOR/KOR HF/NEXX/XPOT 68,818
Richflow Trading ZEBRA/CARTING/GDR/HNJ 4,711
Roshan Commercial Corporation SPYDER 15,090
Stavellan International Company BIO/H 6
Triumph JT Marketing Corporation HJC 930
Vicma Marketing Corporation AM 1,339
Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. HJC/YAMAHA 162
Yohingco Trading LEV3/SOL 8,337
TOTAL 181,235



(2009 – 2011)
BRAND Total Volumes of Helmet
ATG5 Trading Corporation VOLTZ 2,240
Countless Tradding BEN-2 280
Eastway Racing Comppany, Inc. INDEX 2,688
Eastworld Motor Industries Corporation INDEX 1,104
Exsol Trading Corporation EXSOL 4,632
Gentrade International (Phils), Inc. POWERCYCIE/TRANSCYCLE 3,200
Honda Philippines, Inc. INDEX 44,710
Impressions Impex International Corp. STUDDS 420
Kart Plaza Manufacturing ARAI 288
Manila Safety Cycling Devices Corporation HPH 7,809
Minton Multiresources, Inc. POSH 12,698
Motoactive Corporation KOR HF/KOR/NEXX/XPOT 103,602
Motorcycles & Scooters, Inc. VCAN/TANKED 744
Mworld Trading 2/ZEUS/CABERG/NOLAN/AGV/SHOEI 72,362
New Fullspeed Marketing YEMA 34,086
Philippine SGC Corporation PENGUIN/ST/SUN 7,496
Philippine Suntal Corporation SUN 2,500
Roshan Commercial Corporation SPYDER 48,153
Speciailst Motorcycle Parts and Accessories AXA 800
Timeless Trading SNELL 2,601
Triumph JT Marketing Corporation HJC 14,510
Urrutia Trading KH 400
Vicma Marketing Corporation AM 6,843
Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. HJC/YAMAHA 7,380
Yohingco Trading LEV3/SOL/ 7,289
TOTAL 454,420

Total Volumes of Helmet by 2012 – 181,235
Total Volumes of Helmet by 2009 – 2011 – 454,420


DTI’s Diskwento Caravan goes nationwide on May 15; Offers up to 50% discount in school supplies

The Department of Trade and Industry’s flagship project Diskwento Caravan will be going to key cities across the country this May 15 onwards, with school supplies and basic goods available at deeply discounted prices.

Dubbed as Diskwento Caravan: Balik Eskwela edition, this one-day sale aims to ease the consumers’ burden of rising prices of basic necessities and prime commodities as well as school supplies, with the start of classes just a few weeks away.

A variety of products will be available at Diskwento Caravan, including school supplies, school uniforms, kid’s leather shoes and school bags, canned goods, processed meat, bread, cooking oil and detergent soaps. MSME Corner will feature local products made by micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs.

Other government agencies will join the Diskwento Caravan to offer frontline services such as the TESDA for free haircut, National Statistics Office (NSO), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and Social Security System (SSS).

DTI invites all consumers to buy at Diskwento Caravan to get big discounts and save more money this upcoming start of classes. Diskwento Caravan will be available in the following cities tomorrow, May 15:

Region Venue Contact Person
NCR Quezon City Hall ARD Ferdie Manfoste/ Rowena San Jose
NCR Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City ARD Manfoste/ Vivien Alarcado
CAR Baguio Convention Center RD Myrna Pablo
1 Bagsakan Center, Agoo, La Union RD Florante Leal
2 St. Peter Metropolitan Cathedral Grounds, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan RD Esperanza Banares
3 Balanga Plaza, Balanga City, Bataan PD Yay Lasam
4-B Romblon, Romblon PD Rodolfo Mariposque
9 Plaza Pershing, Zamboanga City PD Engr. Rolando Acuna
10 Iligan City PD Ermedio Abang
13 Wing-on Quick Mart Parking Lot, Langihan Butuan City OIC Gay Tidalgo

Other Diskwento Caravans will be conducted in the following dates:

Date Region Venue
May 16-20 4-B Romblon, Romblon
May 17-18 4-A Antipolo City, Rizal
May 17-18 8 Ormoc City, Leyte
May 18 NCR Plaza de Borja, Pateros City
May 18-19 3 Baler Plaza, Baler, Aurora
May 18-19 5 Naga City, Camarines Sur
May 22 11 Digos City, Davao del Sur
May 27 4-A Bay, Los Baños City, Laguna
May 28 11 Davao City
May 28-29 4-A Capitol Grounds, Sta. Cruz, Laguna
May 29 8 Tacloban City


DTI Releases New ICC Stickers

January 16, 2012

The use of the newest ICC hologram sticker with 500,000 dots per inch, giving it superior definition and image clarity, amplified movement in colors and texts, is expected to be implemented this April.

The Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Product Standard (DTI-BPS) launched the improved Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark to ensure the quality and safety seal on imported critical consumer products.

“With the influx of imported products in the country, which is brought about by the fall of trade barriers among nations worldwide, it is essential for the government to impose stricter guidelines in the printing and issuing of the ICC mark to importers in order to further control the use and ensure security of this quality and safety seals for imported products,” DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo said.

DTI Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation Group (CWBRG) Undersecretary Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya said that the improved hologram ICC sticker addresses the old sticker’s issue of authenticity with the use of a more secure means of printing and distributing.

The newest design of ICC hologram sticker was manufactured via electron beam origination that produces high-feature definition at 500,000 dots per inch. This gives superior definition and image clarity; amplified movement in colors and texts; and increased security features making it very difficult to counterfeit.

The hologram used is registered under the ISO-certified International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

“The DTI also made certain that the authenticity of the new ICC mark can only be checked through highly-scaled gadgets,” Maglaya added.

The newest ICC hologram sticker shall be strictly observed in all critical products starting this April and the ICC marks with white and silver-gray backgrounds will be considered invalid.

“I enjoin the industry to be active in the Department’s drive to avert the proliferation of uncertified products that use fake ICC marks and police their ranks to assist them in their businesses. And, I enjoin the buying public to be extra vigilant in their purchases of products and services,” Domingo urged.

Source: DTI – Trade and Industry Information Center

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