A invoice offering Filipino customers the device to verify the accuracy of the amount and measurement of the merchandise they’ve purchased in all private and non-private moist markets, dry markets, tiangges, and even grocery shops and supermarkets is now awaiting President Duterte’s signature.
Deputy Speaker for Commerce and Business and Valenzuela Metropolis 1st District Rep. Wes Gatchalian, who lauded the swift ratification of the Timbangan ng Bayan invoice final week, stated the invoice will set up Timbangan ng Bayan facilities nationwide.
“Proper now, we’re solely counting on the accuracy of the weighing devices of our native suki, and trusting that their devices are working correctly or that they haven’t tampered with the seals positioned by the native treasurer. We’ve got no approach of personally measuring the burden of the objects that we purchase on the time of buy,” stated the lawmaker.
Underneath Republic Act 7394, in any other case referred to as the Client Act, the one safety to customers is the testing and calibration of weighing devices each six months by the native treasurer, designated because the official sealer. Although penalties are offered for beneath the Client Act, these solely vary from P200 to P1,000, which doesn’t function a deterrent to unscrupulous distributors.
“There are lots of experiences of distributors who cheat their prospects by manipulating the scales. In line with my analysis, this doesn’t simply occur simply in my district, however sadly, it occurs everywhere in the nation,” stated Gatchalian.
“However with the institution of a Timbangan ng Bayan in all private and non-private markets, all customers now have the chance to instantly double verify the measurement of the products they purchase,” Gatchalian added.
Underneath the proposal, the market supervisor shall be in command of the safekeeping and routine upkeep of all timbangan ng bayan devices. The supervisor shall additionally file all merchandise discovered to be poor in amount or is substandard in dimension, in addition to the institution the place the identical was purchased.
The modification will increase the penalty which may be imposed pegging the minimal at P50,000 to a most of P300,000. Penalty of imprisonment has additionally been elevated from a minimal of 1 yr to no more than 5 years.