Pampanga weighing scale
Personnel from DTI Pampanga use test weights to check if the weighing scale in a public market in Angeles City is functioning correctly.

The Department of Trade and Industry – Pampanga Provincial Office’s (DTI Pampanga) Consumer Protection Division, in collaboration with the Angeles City local government’s Business Permit and Licensing Office and the Barkada 2K Kontra Krimen (a DTI accredited Consumer Organization in Angeles City) conducted market saturation drive at San Nicolas Market and Nepo Mart Market on April 20, 2018.  Thirty Five (35) defective, unsealed and uncalibrated weighing scales were confiscated.  The activity aims to ensure that the consumers are protected from fraudulent vendors, especially in public markets.

DTI Pampanga personnel also checked the price tags of basic goods and commodities sold in the market. The confiscated weighing scales were brought to the Office of the Market Administrator. Selling goods using defective scales is punishable under the Consumer Act of the Philippines or RA 7394.

The DTI regularly conducts inspection of weighing scales in markets to ensure that consumers buy the right amount of goods. The agency also trains consumer organizations on scales inspection and calibration for them to check if weighing scales are not defective or manipulated.♦