Farmers face council to lobby parking issue

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Farmers are going to knock on the doors of the local council to seek help.

Amidst the impending closure of the parking area for the farmers group, petitioners are set to appear before the legislative body today to ask for help.

Farmers who were initially given until December 31 to vacate the area are now being given a final extension until January 10, without anywhere to go, farmers lament, selling price of their produce will suffer.

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Darwin Soriano said farmers will be forced to lower their prices of vegetables by at least P3 citing the multi staging areas where they will sell their goods to buyers.

Buyers, because of the multi areas they have to ply to buy produce, will demand discounts on selling prices, leave farmers no choice but to sell at rock bottom prices, affecting their profit margins.

Parking at the market area serves as a convergence point for buyers and seller to transact business.

In a petition submitted to Valley Mayor Edna Tabanda, farmers said, "The impending closure of the Public Market parking are at Km. 5 La Trinidad, Benguet by the Municipality of La Trinidad headed by its Mayor Edna Tabanda, has been felt terribly by us, farmers, whose products were rotten and gone to waste due to the drastic changes which the municipality did in preparation for the closure of the parking area."

"The drastic decision of our government officials concerned without consideration of our situation is a violation of our human rights," the petition added.

Farmers who signed the petition are speculating the move is to prepare the area for the eventual development of JARCO to set up its mall project.

"What is in the interest of the developers of the parking area that is being protected by the very people who we have voted to protect us? Why is the burden of making Farmers Center work businesswise be laid on our shoulders? Why make us the sacrificial lamb?"

The group was expected to attend the weekly council session Tuesday morning.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 08, 2014.

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