(Metro News) Valenzuela intensifies ‘timbangan’ operations in markets

November 7, 2009 11:46 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 8 — As part of its efforts to help constituents battered by the onslaught of typhoon "Ondoy" and "Pepeng" recover, Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin "Win" Gatchalian has ordered the city treasurer's office to intensify its "timbangan" operation in all of the locality's public and private markets.

Gatchalian said "timbangan" identifies and confiscates weighing scales without seal, hence, unregistered at the city treasurer's office, and those which weigh less or more than the actual loaded item such as rice, meat, fish and vegetables.

He added that although the city government has been diligently monitoring the cost of basic commodities, especially those which are under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) list, consumers should be alert on other possible deception on customers through the use of inaccurate measuring devices.

"We can't prevent people from going beyond the usual way in order to survive, but we condemn cheating as a means of livelihood. Everyone suffers during hard times. It's not fair to worsen what others go through just for the gain and convenience of some," Gatchalian added.

More than 20 weighing scales which didn't pass the calibration were seized during the local government's "timbangan" operations.

"A confiscated scale can be claimed after the owner has paid the fine of P200 plus the P15 fee for the seal for weighing scales of 10 kilos or P20 for 20 kilos and more," Valenzuela city treasurer's office chief Gualberto Bernas III said.

In case of defective weighing scales, the owner shall bring a repairman to the office of the license division to have them fixed before they could claim them and acquire a seal. Seals won't be issued for defective weighing scales already beyond repair.

Rey Deato, license division chief, said that they will conduct follow-up operations in all private and public markets in the city, as well as the kariton (cart) and other mobile vendors, in the coming days.

"That's why we advise all store owners who use weighing scales to have them calibrated and registered and not to try manipulating them to avoid penalty and inconvenience on their end," he said. (PNA)

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