The House of Representatives recently passed HR 7857, or the Consumer Act of the Philippines, on its third and final reading, which will regulate weighing scales at markets and impose punishments for those who tamper with such devices.
Principally authored by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and sponsored by Camiguin lone district Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo and Iloilo fourth district Rep. Ferjenel Biron, the bill seeks to establish a “timbangan ng bayan center” at all markets nationwide.
“Instruments for determining weights and measures shall be open for and accessible to anyone who needs to verify the accuracy of the quantity and measurement of the products they purchased,” the policy explained.
The market supervisor would be responsible for the center and is expected to keep a record of products with discrepant measurements, along with taking down the name of market vendors who provided the incorrect numbers.
The policy goes on to describe potential punishments for tampering with weighing scales. Violators face fines anywhere between P200 and P300,000, along with possible jail time.
Among local legislators who also signed onto the bill include Negros Occidental second district Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, Iloilo City lone district Rep. Jerry Treñas, and Negros Oriental first district Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong./WDJ