ConsumerNet-9 eyes region-wide campaign-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
THE ConsumerNet-9 is preparing to conduct operation ‘Tamang Timbangan’ in all cities and growth centers in Zamboanga Peninsula region following the successful conduct of the same project and surprise inspection of pre-identified wet markets and supermarkets in Zamboanga City in December 2013.
ConsumerNet-9 President Rodolfo Iglesias, during its first quarter meeting recently, presented the proposal for the project, which he hoped will get funding support from the ConsumerNet member agencies.
Iglesias said that the successful Operation Timbangan in December was lauded by Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar.
Iglesias noted that Salazar cited the group’s effort to uphold consumer rights through such activities and projects.
Meanwhile, the representatives from various agencies comprising the ConsumerNet-9 gave their full backing to the National Food Authority’s (NFA) advocacy to minimize rice wastage during the first quarter meeting.
NFA Regional Licensing Officer Silverio Bandiola said that this advocacy came on the heels of a research from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) which revealed that Filipino consumers throw away a staggering 308,000 tons of rice, costing between P6 billion to P8 billion every year, mostly from leftovers.
“Take a cursory look at some fast-food restos in town and you’d notice some people leave so much rice on their plates unconsumed. Restaurants could help by allowing customers to order half-cup servings of rice to minimize wastage,” Bandiola said.