Today in Philippine History, August 6, 1906, the system of weights and measures were reformed

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   System of weights and measures
On August 6, 1906, the system of weights and measures were reformed and legalized in terms of the metric system, when the Philippine Commission Act No. 1519 was enacted.

A careful study of the matter by government experts in the Bureau of Science, found that the standard weight and capacity had become deplorably falsified and irregular. It was commonly said that the only reliable unit of measure was a "Standard Oil Can". The debasement and frauds practised fell heaviest upon the poorest purchasers and consumers. Thus, it was decided to standardize the native measures and adopt the international metric system.

The "kaban" was made exactly equal 75 liters. A "ganta" was made 3 liters. "Chupa" was made 375 thousandths of a liter.

Today in Philippine History, August 6, 1906, the system of weights and measures were reformed

Act No. 1519 took effect Janaury 1, 1907.

References

  1. History of the Philippines, David Prescott Barrows, World Book Company, Chicago, 1925
  2. Acts of the Philippine Commission, Issues 1-1800, Google Books


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