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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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City gov't to act on markets,
sidewalks vendors concerns

Bacolod City Administrator John Orola yesterday said they will schedule a meeting this week with the market supervisors to know the status of stall owners in the three major markets of Bacolod City, including the Manokan Country.

Orola said they want to find out if the stall owners or awardees in Burgos, Central and Libertad Markets, as well as the Manokan Country have been paying their monthly rentals to the city.

City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said he also met with the CLO Enforcement team led by Dante Montecillo yesterday concerning the regulation of sidewalk vendors around the public markets.

He said they are planning to concentrate the sidewalk vendors between Luzuriaga and Locsin streets. Instead of allowing them one meter from the gutter, they will give them only one to two feet to provide more access to the public

Bayatan said if the city could rehabilitate the fish section of the Central Market, the fish vendors could be concentrated inside the market so market goers will also go inside to buy and not along the sidewalk.

They are also verifying reports that some of the sidewalk vendors along the Central Market are from Burgos and Libertad Markets, he said.

Orola has inspected the situation of the markets and they hope to regulate the vendors since they plan to talk to their organizations and seek their cooperation, Bayatan said.

They are now identifying the members of these vendors associations, he said.

Bayatan said the bottom line here is cooperation, since this not just the job of the CLO alone.

Meanwhile, Orola said the General Services Office has not yet submitted all the documents they have requested regarding the physical inventory of city properties. So they plan to check with the department heads.

What they have only received is a tourist bus. They are expecting to get documents involving contracts, deeds of donation, and other contracts pertaining to properties donated or owned by the city, he said.*CGS




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