MANILA, Philippines - Acting Malabon City Mayor Antolin Oreta III has ordered city officials to go after traders using defective and unsealed weighing scales.
Oreta's directive came after the Treasurer's Office headed by Amalia Santos seized about 230 weighing scales from public markets during their inspection from February to August this year.
In her report to the office of the mayor, Santos said most of the scales were taken from the Hulong Duhat Public Market, Malabon Central Market, New Commercial Market, Acacia Market and Sancti Market also in Acacia.
The inspection was launched after the Treasurer's office received complaints from consumers who were shortchanged using faulty scales just after the monsoon floods.
The confiscated scales were brought to the Treasurer's office for proper issuance of seal and calibration before they are released to owners.
The owners can redeem their devices only after paying a fine.
Weighing scales found with no seal will be redeemed for P200, while defective weighing scales will be redeemed for P100, Santos said.