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October 1 , 2019

Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship

Philippine Senate 

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Attn.:   Ms. JingleConcon-Allam

            Committee Secretary

Re:       SB s Nos. 761, 196, 656, 436/745/1000, 368/679

Sir/Madam :

The Laban Konsyumer Inc. , a non stock and non profit consumer advocacy group is a registered entity, a recognized consumer organization of the Department of Trade and Industry and a full term member of the Consumers International .

On SB 761,  we fully support the mandatory requirement of Timbangan Ng Bayan in all markets as defined in the Bill, including the prohibition on tampering of weights and measures and the imposition of  hefty administrative fines of  50 thousand to 300, 000 pesos . 

On SB 196, one of the basic rights of the consumers is the right to safety as well as a healthy environment . The Bill should mandate all concerned agencies such as the MWSS, the LWUA, the LGUs, and the  private sector like the water concessionaires and the local water districts to work together to develop an action plan to implement the Bill. 

On SB 656, we propose to add  as CSR program the Consumer Welfare and subheading Sustainable consumption and Green Energy Programs . We  propose that CSR  be included in the secondary purposes of registered entities .

On SBs 436, 745, 1000, 368 and 679 , we propose as  follows :

First, we propose that Congress propose a broad policy that encourages the establishment , operation , maintainable and security of  the car park business amidst the worsening conditions of vehicles that use the public streets for parking . 

Second, car park business could start in the neighborhood barangays , villages and subdivisions that will use vacant lots and premises as parking spaces. Local ordinances can issue  zoning guidelines  of the parking premises . The local barangays  or an entrepreneur , can operate , maintain and secure parking premises at  terms and conditions the  concerned lot owners , Homeowner Associations , the public transport like jeepneys  associations including tricycles owners and drivers associations can agree with the local executives .  Buses normally  enters  into leases on vacant premises as their  parking terminals .

Third, in the cities , commercial and government centers ,  business should be encouraged to establish and operate more  private and commercial parking structures  on vacant premises at no cost to the local government unit .  The concerned local government unit should extend all support to the entrepreneur entering the car park business. 

Fourth , the applicable rates and schemes proposed in the various bills can be harmonized . There could  be no one formula that fits all types of commercial parking premises. Local government units that can afford to offer discounts to  parking fees for certain sectors of the society should be allowed to do so but should not be mandated as such.  We are oppose  to provide fines and penalties in the conduct of the car parking business.

Fifth, big operators of parking buildings in malls and other commercial establishments, including hospitals ,  should provide disclosure to Congress on whether their existing rates are subsidized by the amounts they collect from their tenants. The disclosure is relevant in the crafting of applicable rates on the matter . 

The Laban Konsyumer Inc. expresses our appreciation to the various sponsors of the Bills  for the opportunity to submit our comments , as well as  conveying our  desire to continue our participation in the deliberation of the various  bills.

In fine, we  support the enactment of all  the above  Bills. 

Thank you for the opportunity to submit our comments. 

Very truly yours,


Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, AB, LLB, LLM