Council demands stop to trade fair-A A +A
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
EVEN as the livelihood fair at Burnham Park officially ended Monday, the Council is still asking for its immediate stoppage due to numerous violations.
As of press time, the livelihood fair has not closed.
Councilor Edison Bilog, author of the proposal, cited the following violations: many of the participants are allegedly not direct beneficiaries of the social welfare department’s self-employment assistance program; the approved number of stalls exceeded the approved 50 stalls; and other participants entered into a contract with the tent provider.
Bilog said the immediate stoppage serves as an example for other groups wanting to operate a trade or livelihood fair to abide by rules of the City Government.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office earlier requested for the conduct of a livelihood fair at Burnham beginning March 12 to 28.
Under the provision, the project may be extended until April 10. However, the Council now recommends stoppage because of the violations of the conditions it set. (Rimaliza Opiña)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 31, 2011.