Thirteen weighing scales were confiscated and 77 more were sealed and calibrated during the spot inspection at the Bacolod City Central Market, Wednesday.
Personnel from the City Treasurer's Office, City Legal Office Enforcement Team, Market Supervisor, and the Market Coordinating and Monitoring Task Force conducted the operation.
Confiscated were two digital and 11 manual weighing scales, while 21 digital and 56 manual weighing scales were calibrated and sealed, Ernesto Pineda, head of the Market Coordinating and Monitoring Task Force, said.
The seized weighing scales, used in weighing fruits at Bonifacio Street, and meat at Gatuslao Street, were defective and dilapidated, he said.
The CTO also collected P11,545 for the calibration and sealing of the weighing scale units, Pineda said.
“The mere fact that when we tested the weighing scales, the weight was not right, they were deficit by 150 to 200 grams for fruits, and 30 to 50 grams for meat. There is really a difference, since the goods are expensive,” Pineda said.
He said the spot inspection was an offshoot of complaints from consumers that the goods they bought were deficit in weight.
Based on the Consumer Act of the Philippines, any person who shall violate will be fined not less than P200 but not more than P1,000, or by imprisonment of not more than a year, or both, upon the discretion of the court, Pineda said.
However, if the violator is a habitual offender, his permit and awards right for the store will be revoked, he also said.
Vendors should go to the CTO for the calibration of their weighing scales every six months. For manual weighing scales, the payment for calibration is P60, and P300 for digital, Pineda said.
Consumers should see to it that the weighing scales are sealed with sticker bearing the expiration date, Pineda said.
“In case of doubt, there is a consumer welfare desk at every market for complaints or suggestions,” he said.
The operation is not solely at Central Market as they will also saturate other major markets and those in the barangays.*SGG
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