A total of 97 defective weighing scales were recently destroyed by an enforcement group led by DTI Bataan, Bataan Consumer Affairs Council, Bantay Presyo Orani Movement and the local government of Orani, Bataan on April 11, 2017 at the Orani Public Market.
The defective scales were confiscated during saturation drives in public markets by the municipal government of Orani from 2012 to the present. Connie Sanico, head of the Consumer Protection Division of DTI Bataan said that defective weighing scales are confiscated to protect buyers, especially in public markets. Penalties are imposed and the scales must be repaired before they are reused. Those that have not been claimed by their respective owners and those that are patently non-repairable are then destroyed to avoid being reused to the disadvantage of the buying public.
Orani Vice Mayor Godofredo Galicia Jr., Municipal Administrator Atty. Raul De Guzman, Municipal Treasurer Rosario Cacho, BCAC Chairman Rolando Dizon and DTI OIC Provincial Director Nelin Cabahug led the activity. Local media partners, market vendors and staff members of the Philippine Information Agency also witnessed the event. OIC Director Cabahug reminded the vendors and buyers of the rights and responsibilities of consumers under Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.