That was the appeal of Fr. Ernie Larida , Bacolod Diocese Social Action Center director, yesterday to Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella on his decision to sell the lot where the Manokan Country and the Vendors Plaza are located.
Larida, who held a mass at the Manokan Country on Saturday, said Puentevella should listen to the appeal of the tenants not to sell the property as they would lose their source of livelihood once the sale pushes through.
He said if the Manokan Country and the Vendors Plaza will be privatized, most of the tenants could not afford the rentals anymore.
Larida also said that it would be better if the city government will renovate the Manokan Country and make the original tenants priority lessees.
SAC will write to Puentevella for the holding of another dialog with the affected tenants since only a few of them were able to attend the first meeting with him last week.
“They (the city government officials) should become good shepherd and weigh which one is for the betterment (of the tenants) of Manokan and the Vendors Plaza”, Larida said.
SM Prime Holdings Inc. has proposed to purchase the 13,783 square meter property at Rizal Street, Road Lot 4 and Burgos Street at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City that houses the Manokan Country and the Vendor's Plaza, including an adjacent parking area.
The City Appraisal Committee convened Wednesday to determine the market value of the 1.3 hectares property at the Reclamation Area that houses the Manokan Country and Vendor's Plaza.
The city government has offered to transfer the affected tenants at the area behind the BAYS Center, or in Purok Cambodia at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City but the officers of the Manokan Country Vendors Association have expressed opposition to it.
While they are against their transfer and the renovation of the manokan country, the officers of the MCVA said they are in favor of renovating or improving the edifice.
They also wish they could join the public auction of the plans to have the Manokan Country up for auction pushes through.*APN
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