Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman ordered the Marikina Public Market Office (MPMO) to inspect weighing scales used in different public markets in the city to ensure that innocent consumers weren’t victimized by abusive vendors.
This is due to the reports and complaints being received by the city government regarding inaccurate weighing scales used in different markets in Marikina.
According to the passed Ordinance no. 283, Series of 1997 or “Weights and Measures Regulation Ordinance of 1997,” the use of under-weighed scales or the placing of any metal, gadget, or concealed materials in a weighing scale to reflect a greater weight on any good or merchandise is prohibited.
“We won’t allow the practice of under-weighing commodities as it is considered as fraud. Anyone caught violating this will be rightfully punished,” De Guzman said.
As a response, the MPMO continuously conducts surprise inspections to penalize vendors using inaccurate weighing scales. The MPMO wants to ensure the security and right of every consumer of buying products they rightfully deserve. Moreover, these inspections are also conducted during the Operation Kalinisan, Kaayusan, at Kapayapaan (OKKK) in the 16 barangays of the city.
According to Ordinance no. 160, Series of 2001 (which amended Ordinance No. 283, Series of 1997), anyone who violates the Weights and Measures Regulation Ordinance of 1997” shall be penalized with a fine of PhP1,500 and confiscation of the used weighing scale for the first offense; PhP3,000 and confiscation of the used weighing scale for the second offense; and PhP5,000 or six months to one year imprisonment plus the revocation of business license and permits, and the closure of the business establishment for the third offense.
Penalties as well as the re-sealing fee for the weighing scale shall be paid in the Office of the City Treasurer. It shall be paid from five to seven days upon confiscation to avoid an increase in the penalty.
“To our vendors, we must make sure that the weighing scale we use is accurate to avoid problems. Let us not abuse innocent consumers and we should be fair in weighing the goods and merchandise we sell,” said Dr. Ramonito Viliran, market administrator.
For more information, or to report vendors using inaccurate weighing scales, please contact the Marikina Public Market Office at (02) 646-1996.