Accurate weighing scales in markets sought

Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her son Camarines Sur Rep. Dato Arroyo have filed a measure which seeks accurate weighing scales in public markets in the country.

The Arroyos also referred their measure, House Bill No. 874, to the Committee on Trade and Industry.

The weighing scales, according to the bill, will be called "Timbangan ng Bayan".

Arroyo said that the “volatility of our economy” has caused prices of prime commodities to rise to “prohibitive heights.”

She said this has made it difficult for an average Filipino household to put a decent meal on their tables.

“Therefore, the last thing that our people need is to be victimized by devious businessmen who take advantage by giving them much less than what their hard-earned money is really worth,” the Arroyos said.

They pointed out that establishing a Timbayan ng Bayan Center in all public markets will provide the public an effective means of checking the accuracy of the weight and quantity of goods they have bought.

HB 874 seeks to amend Chapter II of the Consumer Act of the Philippines by making it mandatory for all public markets to put up Timbangan ng Bayan centers.

Under the bill, a certification by the market supervisor against cheating weighing scales of vendors will already be considered as prima facie evidence of violation of the consumers law.