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LPCC beefs up market inspection to ensure consumer welfare in Iligan

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (6 September) -- A total of 238 stores were at a random-checked in a joint monitoring and inspection of the members of the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) of lligan at the city?s public markets.

This was to allay public concern on the possibility of higher incidence of underweighing, mislabelling, adulteration and profiteering, said Ruel B. Paclipan, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in lligan City/ Lanao del Norte Provincial Office.

The team has monitored the retailer?s compliance to Local Government Units? (LGUs) Weights and Measures provision on the calibration of weighing scales, the Philippine Grains Standardization Program (PGSP) of the National Food authority (NFA) and the Price Tag Law of DTI.

The LGU through the Permits and Licenses Division had issued confiscation orders to violation on unsealed / uncalibrated weighing scales against non-compliant stall owners situated in both Pala-o and Central Markets.

There were 76 stores warned for violation of the weights and measures, and PGSP, having 72 weighing scales confiscated and brought to permits and licenses division for calibration and sealing.

Though compliance rate was quite low at 68%, but it was noted that there was a marked decrease of number of weighing scales confiscated compared to the previous years? ?Operation Timbangan? activities.

This only proved that there is already a heightened awareness on the part of the retailers on the different trade laws that they have to comply.

Thus, LPCC will continue its effort on massive information dissemination on the different fair trade laws as well as advocacy on consumer welfare, concluded Paclipan. (PIA Lanao del Norte) [top]

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