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Dagupan boosts campaign vs. profiteering in public markets



The city government has installed four weighing scales, commonly known as ‘Timbangan ng Bayan,’ in various marketplaces here to strengthen the campaign against unscrupulous vendors.

Mayor Belen Fernandez, in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Monday, said the setting up of weighing scales is part of the project called ‘Tamang Timbang, Tamang Presyo at Tamang Sukli’, which was launched last month, under which, the Task Force Anti-Littering began confiscation of rigged weighing scales owned by vendors who cheat on their customers here.

The measure is in accordance to the City Ordinance 1860 – 2006, or the Revised Market Code of Dagupan.

“We put up some timbangans (weighing scales) in the Malimgas Public Market, Makong Market, Consignacion, and in Galvan Street – one timbangan for each marketplace; to ensure that the people get the exact weight of what they bought,” Fernandez said.

Meanwhile, Fernandez plans to implement an identification system for the vendors in the city to further ease the city government’s monitoring against profiteering in the city's markets.

Ahicam Pasion / PNA