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Friday, June 19, 2015

DTI turns over 30 weighing scales to Titay town

By Alma L. Tingcang

TITAY, Zamboanga Sibugay – Thirty (30) new weighing scales were recently turnedover by the Department of Trade and Industry to TitayBagsakan Center, this province under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) program.

Dir. Sitti Amina M. Jain, DTI-9 Regional Director turned over properly calibrated weighing scales to Mayor Maria Esperanza Corazon D. Rillera in a brief ceremony inside the Bagsakan Center.

“I am so glad to be turning over 30 units of weighing scales which will address the concerns of rubber traders and producers on the manipulation of weighing scales. We thought that giving you properly calibrated weighing scales would hopefully address the problem between traders and farmers,” the lady chief explained.

She said producers accuse traders of manipulation, while farmers, on the other hand, use battery solution as coagulant, worse, put foreign matters to  their products to make it heavier.

For this project, the local government unit of Titay will be the cooperator for the thirty (30) weighing scale units amounting toPhp 326,640.00.

Mayor Rilleraexpressed her gratefulness to DTI for the weighing scales which will benefit all constituents. The good mayor further stressed their commitment to maintain and secure the units of weighing scales.

“In behalf of Titay LGU, we are very thankful to DTI for providing us 30 weighing scales that will benefit everybody in our Bagsakan Center. We are indeed blessed for having this project. We can now be assured of the accuracy of our weighing scales as these are properly calibrated,” the lady chief executive said.

“Zamboanga Sibugay is the number one rubber producing province in the country, yet we also produce dirty rubber. I am challenging our farmers to make sure that you produce good quality rubber. Let us cleanse our industry in the province,”Board Member and Committee on Agriculture chair Joel Ebol said.

Meanwhile, Yokohama, the only car tire manufacturer in the country, ironically, only source out about 10%-20% of their natural rubber requirement from the Philippines.

Dir. Jain said Yokohama officials personally told DTI officials, including her, that they will not buy rubber from Zamboanga Sibugay because of its poor quality.

“We already talked with Yokohama officials and they told us that they will not buy rubber from Zamboanga Sibugay because it is dirty. It pains me because I’m from Region 9. They don’t have problems with rubber from Basilan, nor from other rubber producers in Mindanao. It is only Zamboanga Sibugay that is always singled-out,” Jain said.

However, all is not lost as Dir. Jain bared that Yokohama will be increasing its local sourcing to 32% next year.

“Yokohama Philippines will be the biggest tire manufacturer in the world by 2017, even bigger than its mother plant based in Yokohama, Japan. They are planning to increase their local sourcing to 32% in 2016 provided that producers improve the quality of their produce,” Jain stressed.