Pailaw appeals to Council

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WHILE Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan seems to have made up his mind on prohibiting fireworks vendors to sell their products this month, members of the City Council are still divided on the issue.

Baguio Pailaw vendors trooped to the City Council Monday to air their contention to the city mayor’s announcements to no longer allow them to sell fireworks and pyrotechnic products this year.

Baguio Pailaw representative Agnes Montoya called on the City Council to reconsider their plight adding they could not join the invitation to bid for city government’s centralized fireworks display.

Several councilors seemed to come to the defense of vendors among them Councilor Richard Cariño saying a total ban on fireworks cannot be imposed in the city when there is a centralized fireworks display scheduled.

Cariño said for humanitarian reasons vendors must be accommodated to sell fireworks for a limited period saying the mayor should issue an administrative order to allow vendors to sell their wares.

Among those who also supported the councilor’s measure were Councilors Roberto Ortega, Edison Bilog, Joel Alangsab and Faustino Olowan.

Councilor Bilog added they should allow vendors to sell fireworks saying there is no guarantee city residents will be able to witness fireworks from other neighboring towns. He added illegal fireworks, anyway, are also accessible in other neighboring towns.

He also said there is no truth to a total ban in fireworks in the city because of the existence of a centralized fireworks display.

Other Councilors meanwhile expressed support to the pronouncement of Domogan not to allow the vendors to sell with Councilor Fred Bagbagen, who heads the Committee on Health and Environment, adding they could not allow an environmental and health hazard practice to continue.

Councilor Leandro Yangot, meanwhile, moved for the City Council to refer the concerns of vendors to the executive-legislative meeting on December 16 adding the issue must be decided by the City Council and Mayor Domogan with finality.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 12, 2013.

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