DAD files ordinance allowing online to open parcels and examine bought

BAGUIO CITY – Councilor Fred Bagbagen has filed an ordinance seeking to require couriers or delivery riders in the city to allow online purchasers to open and examine items they ordered through electronic shopping before the items are released to them.

The proposed ordinance is aligned with the Republic Act. No. 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines was enacted to protect the interests of the consumer, promote the general welfare, and establish standards of conduct for business and industry.

The councilor claimed, aside from affordability, convenience is the biggest perk of online shopping since individuals can shop from the comfort of their homes sans the traffic, pollution, or pressure from salespersons.

However, he said this convenience comes with a few disadvantages such as defects in the delivered items, among other things.

Once approved, the ordinance shall penalize couriers operating in the city who are proven to have denied e-shoppers from opening, examining the items for defects, and identifying the parcels/packages. Erring couriers shall be fined P5,000.00 or shall have their business permits revoked, at the discretion of the court.

The ordinance was approved on first reading during last Monday’s regular session of the Baguio City Council and was referred to the Sanggunian’s Committee on Market, Trade and Commerce, and Agriculture for review and recommendation. –Jordan G. Habbiling