Thirty-three abandoned stalls in the Dumaguete public market will be raffled off tomorrow, to determine the next lessees, who shall, however, pay for the arrears of their predecessors, a press release from the city said.
Councilor Joe Kenneth Arbas said it has been the policy of the city government that the new lessee must settle and pay all the outstanding obligations of a particular stall, especially those situated in prime locations, once they assume the use of the area in the public market.
This will allow the city government to recoup its losses from the non-payment of rent or fees by the previous lessees. There are stalls that reportedly have arrears of up to P20,000, or more.
City Economic Enterprises Officer Jose Ronnie Fortin said that the applicants for any of the stalls must be personally present during the raffle on Thursday at Building II Public Market Complex, and must be ready with their cash so they can promptly pay all the fees once they have been awarded the right to the stall.
Fortin reminded the applicants not to send any proxy to the raffle, which was originally scheduled on April 7.*
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