DTI-Misamis Oriental destroys defective weight scales

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA)–True to its commitment to protecting consumers against fraudulent transactions, the Department of Trade and Industry Misamis Oriental Provincial Office (DTI MisOr) and Cagayan de Oro City Price Coordinating Council (CDOCPCC) destroyed 27 confiscated defective weighing scales on November 10 at the City Engineering Office, Kausawagan, Cagayan de Oro City.

In celebration of Consumer Welfare Month last October, DTI MisOr and CDOCPCC conducted a joint monitoring at the Cogon public market on October 17. During random inspections of various weighing scales, inspectors discovered discrepancies.

“We inspected fifteen stalls and confiscated four whose scales were questionable,” CDOCPCC Co-chairperson lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy said.

Apart from the confiscated weighing scale during the joint operation, Uy mentioned that the Cagayan de Oro City Economic Enterprises and Business Development Administration (CEEBDA) conducts routine checks and monitoring in all the city’s public markets. They confiscated defective weighing scales and promptly destroyed them on the same day.

Though no cases have been filed so far against those using defective weighing scales, Uy warns the perpetrators that their office, together with DTI MisOr and CEEBDA, will continue monitoring all the public markets in the city to combat such acts. It is because consumers deserve to receive what they have paid for.

DTI MisOr and CDOCPCC urge consumers that when in doubt of the weight of products bought, they can recheck it using the ‘timbangan ng bayan’ located at the entrance of the public market.

Further, they urged consumers to know their rights and responsibilities to protect them against fraudulent transactions. The DTI MisOr and CDOPCC office is always open to catering to customer complaints. (JAKA/PIA10)

Personnel from DTI MisOr together with the team from CDOCPCC and CEEBDA witnessed the destruction of defective weighing scales, November 10. (JAKA/PIA10)

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