THE Bacolod City Administrator’s Office is validating the status of the 100 illegal occupants of the Vendors’ Plaza in Barangay 12.
Lawyer Allyn Luv Zamora-Dignadice, administrative officer IV, said Monday, October 2, that on September 26, the market supervisor inspected the Vendors’ Plaza and determined the illegal occupants inside the facility.
“We are doing an inventory to identify the occupants and to determine the status of their operations,” she said.
Zamora-Dignadice noted that most of the occupants are doing business like eatery, sari-sari store, warehouse, computer shop, and selling of fish and vegetables, and some of them have put up a dwelling place and a warehouse.
On September 29, the Bacolod Vendors Plaza Association submitted a final list of occupants, which included only 86 members.
Last month, the association held a dialogue with the City Administrator’s Office and City Legal Office after the City Government planned to rehabilitate the facility.
After the dialogue, it was planned to transfer them to other public markets.
“We are planning to transfer them to other public markets to continue their business, however, most of them are not selling fish or vegetables,” Zamora-Dignadice said.
She said 11 occupants are selling fish and two are peddling vegetables.
Zamora-Dignadice pointed out that the City Government will only accommodate and transfer those who are selling fish and vegetables to other public markets.
Julie Ann Atienza, president of Bacolod Vendors Plaza Association, had earlier said they are only asking for a place to continue their business.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on October 03, 2017.
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