SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday voiced support for measures that will protect consumer rights as he lauded the enactment of the “Timbangan ng Bayan” law.
The new law mandates the establishment of timbangan (weighing scales) centers in all public and private markets and even in small stores.
Go lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing Republic Act (RA) 11706, which amended the Consumer Act of the Philippines.
The centers should have the necessary instruments for determining weights and measures, which must be available free of charge to all buyers who need to confirm the accuracy of the measurements of products they purchased or are about to purchase.
Go said consumers “should be shielded from deceptive and unfair sales practices as Filipinos are still struggling to overcome the adverse effects of the pandemic.” “While some sectors of our economy start to open, let us strengthen protective measures for the welfare of Filipino consumers to ease their burden, especially in these times,” Go said in Filipino.
In a statement, he said many consumers need protection since many of them have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
“At hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin tuluyang nakakabangon mula sa epekto ng pandemya at iba pang mga sakuna (Until now they have not fully recovered from the effects of the pandemic and other calamities),” Go said.
RA 11706 puts the market supervisor in charge of the safekeeping and routine maintenance of the scales and keeping a record of every product found to be deficient in quantity or is substandard in dimension.
A certificate issued by the market supervisor reflecting the contents of such a record will serve as evidence of a violation of the law.
Fraudulently altering, tampering, vandalizing or destroying any scale, balance, Timbangan ng Bayan instrument, weight or measure after it is officially sealed are also among the prohibited acts under the law.
Go said the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Trade and Industry must coordinate with the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, the League of Provinces of the Philippines, the League of Cities of the Philippines, the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, and other relevant government agencies and stakeholders in enforcing RA 11706.
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