A proposed ordinance establishing the “Kilohan ng Bayan (public weighing scale)” project in all Bacolod City public markets, was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on first reading Wednesday.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Bart Orola cited Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, which provides protection to consumers by stabilizing the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities, and prescribing measures against undue price increases during emergency situations.
The Department of Trade and Industry mandates the installation of the “timbangan ng bayan” in public markets to enable consumers to check if the weight of the goods they purchase is accurate, it said.
The DTI had distributed public weighing scales to the different cities and municipalities in the country in accordance to the Consumers Act of the Philippines or Republic Act 7394, the ordinance said.
In Bacolod, it distributed public weighing scales in the Sum-ag and Libertad public markets only, the ordinance said.
There is a need to protect consumers from being shortchanged by installing centralized weighing scales in the rest of the public markets in Bacolod City.
Meanwhile, the SP approved a resolution urgently requesting the City Engineer's Office and City Administrator's Office through the Office of Mayor Evelio Leonardia to repair the electrical wirings and to direct market supervisors to declog the drainage systems of the three public markets (Libertad South, Central and Burgos North) of the city.
The resolution, also authored by Orola, said there were complaints that the lighting in the Central Market, specifically in the fish section, is inadequate because of faulty wirings and busted light bulbs.
Poor drainage systems or dirty stagnant waters in the public markets can be harmful and detrimental to the health of the vendors, sellers, and buyers, the also resolution said.*CGS
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