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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, September 8, 2016
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Gaisano airs complaint
vs. fish vendors' stalls

The management of Gaisano Bacolod is complaining about the presence of fish vendors beside its establishment in Ballesteros Street, Bacolod City.

City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan yesterday said Maria Chone Tan, area operations manager-Negros, of the Gaisano Grand Group of Companies wrote the city questioning the temporary transfer of the fish vendors to Ballesteros Street since they are planning to establish their exit door along the area.

The fish vendors, who were transferred temporarily to Ballesteros Street, start selling at about 4 p.m. until evening. The next morning they will have to sell at the meat shop in Central Market, he said.

“It is not about considering them as a problem but they should consider that this is their means of livelihood,” he said.

If the Gaisano management sees them as an eyesore and if they have better suggestions, then they can help each other, he added.

“We are talking here of public order, public interest, public convenience. Is this not a better alternative?” He asked.

Bayatan said this is a balancing act between regulating vendors proliferating in Gatuslao and Bonifacio streets and regulating traffic in the streets surrounding the Central Market.

They cannot please everybody, but the bottom line is regulation, to make everything orderly, he said. But if Gaisano has better plans or alternatives they can always cooperate with the private sector.

Executive assistant Ernie Pineda said he will also meet with the sidewalk vendors and with the stall owners in a meeting organized by businessman Ben Ortega.*CGS


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