ConsumerNet-9 targets regionwide conduct of Operation Timbangan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:36

Following the successful conduct of the Operation Tamang Timbangan and surprise inspection of pre-identified wet markets and supermarkets in Zamboanga City in December last year, ConsumerNet-9 is now preparing to conduct the project in all cities and growth centers in the region.

During its first quarter meeting held in Zamboanga City recently, ConsumerNet-9 President Rodolfo Iglesias presented the proposal for the said project which he hoped will get funding support from the ConsumerNet member agencies.

Iglesias said the successful Operation Timbangan in December was lauded by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco, citing the group’s effort to uphold consumer rights through such activities and projects.

During the same meeting, representatives from various agencies comprising the ConsumerNet-9 gave their full backing to the National Food Authority’s (NFA) advocacyto minimize rice wastage.

NFA Regional Licensing Officer Silverio Bandiola said this advocacy came on the heels of a research from the International Rice Research institute which revealed that Filipino consumers throw away a staggering 308,000 tons of rice, costing between six billion to eight billion pesos every year, mostly from leftovers.

“Take a cursory look at some fastfood restos in town and you’d notice some people leave so much rice on their plates unconsumed. Restaurants could help by allowing costumers to order half-cup servings of rice to minimize wastage”, Bandiola said

Engr. Jamir Omar Abubakar of the DTI’s Consumer Welfare and Protection Division said this advocacy should begin right at our own individual households. “Dapat turu-an ang mga bata at maging ang mg anak at matanda na maging masinop sa pagkain. Kumuha lamang ng sapat upang walang masayang.Every grain of rice counts. Nothing should be wasted, “ Abubakar said.

“Here in our country, rice is considered a political commodity. Therefore, if there is one food commodity Filipino consumers must learn to save and conserve, it should be rice. It is our staple and most important food grain and calorie source,”Abubakar added.  --by LOWELL S. VALLECER