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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, September 10, 2016
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Orola says fish vendors
at Ballesteros temporary

Fish vendors selling along Ballesteros Street in Bacolod City are only there temporarily while the facilities in the Central Market are being rehabilitated, City Administrator John Orola, said yesterday.

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 at the area, City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said.

Orola said they are looking for markets where the vendors can be permanently accommodated.

He said they are planning to clean and “humanize” the Vendors' Plaza near the SM City Bacolod at the Reclamation Area, where they can eventually relocate some of the vendors, while Burgos, Central and Libertad markets are still being rehabilitated.

Orola said they will place comfort rooms and lightings at the Vendors' Plaza, establish terminals and reroute jeepneys, so they can pass through the market. A nursery, a playround for children and a resting place for senior citizen will also be built, he said.

Orola said he hopes the plans will be materialized this year, or before the start of the MassKara Festival in October.

Meanwhile, the city government is also studying if they can impose taxes on the vendors and build a trust fund.*SGG


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