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More vendors comply with Fair Trade Law

by L. Lopez

Tabuk City, Kalinga (22 November) -- More vendors now comply with the Fair Trade Law and Practices as a result of constant monitoring of weighing scales by the inter-agency consumer net organized in the province.

This is the over-all assessment of the Consumernet after rounding-up small business establishments, including vendors in two public markets here, to highlight last month's Consumer Welfare celebration.

Josie Daliyong of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office said only 14 weighing scales out of the 97 units checked were found defective.

This is attributed to the awareness of small entrepreneurs on, advocated by the consumer net using mass media, Daliyong explained.

Those with defective weighing scales were advised to have them calibrated and possibly changed to ensure that consumers will get the right amount of goods they buy.

Part of the monitoring is the continuing education by the net on small business operators to always observe fair trade practices, as a way of maintaining customers who patronize fair traders, Daliyong said.

At the same time, consumers are also encouraged to check the weight of goods they buy with the timbangan ng bayan displayed by the DTI at public markets, to discourage unfair trade practices by some business operators.

Protection of consumer's welfare and rights starts with proper information and application by the consuming public themselves, Daliyong stressed.

The net updated the traders on the penalties imposed on deliberate unfair trade acts, which may even cause cancellation of permit to operate business.

But as much as possible we try to avoid this situation, that's why we appeal to both consumers and sellers to stay assertive and fair, Daliyong said. (PIA Kalinga) [top]

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