By Ali G. Macabalang
In pursuit of moral governance campaign in the Bangsamoro autonomous region, the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Tourism (MITT) has started installing weighing scale stalls or kiosks in constituent towns with market centers.
On Nov. 26, MITT Minister Abuamri Taddik led the ceremonial dispersal here of “Timbangan ng Bayan” or public weighing scales with protective stalls f for 15 municipal local government units in Maguindanao.
“This project does not only assure the public of reliable, ethical and competent trading, but also contributes to the advocacy of the Chief Minister on Moral Governance as it promote honest and fair practices,” Taddik said in a press statement from the Bureau of Public Information (BPI).
“This pilot distribution of Timbangan ng Bayan showed our continuous effort and the pursuit of our mandate to protect consumers from fraudulence,” he added.
In a message, the BPI said, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim lauded the project for fleshing out desire in boosting the relationship between consumers and traders in the Islamic concept of amanah (trust).
“Consumer’s right is an integral part of uplifting the economy in many parts of the world. The protection we provide to them brings incredible trust, following transaction between them and the private sector […] this initiative is the least we can do to make that happen”, Ebrahim was quoted as saying.
The initial dispersal covered the towns of Ampatuan, Barira, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Datu Blah Sinsuat, Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun, Guindulungan, Mamasapano, Mother Kabuntalan, Northern Kabuntalan, Pagalungan, Paglat, Radjah Buayan, Sultan Mastura, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Sultan sa Barongis and Talayan.
Northern Kabuntalan mayor Datu Umbra B. Dilangalen personally received the unit. The rest were received mostly by vice mayors and/or local key officials of the municipality, the BPI said.
In response, recipient-officials expressed gratitude for the support they received from the MITT, and assured proper use of the Timbangan ng Bayan kiosks at their respective public markets, the BPI said.
“The project symbolizes fair, balance and honest governance with the hope it would be the start of the more future engagements with the BARMM”, Mother Kabuntalan vice mayor Datu Rahaf Diocolano said.
The project pursues the Consumer Act of the Philippines (R.A. 7394), which declares as a State Policy to protect the interest of the consumer, promote his general welfare, establish standards of conduct for business and industry.
MTIT Deputy Minister Atty. Sukarno Abas said that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring social responsibility and compliance to business ethical standards is imperative. (AGM)