Dole grants nego-karts to Burnham vendors

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Friday, January 31, 2014


AMBULANT vendors allowed to sell at Burnham Park were recently given nego-karts by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

Dole Labor and Employment officer George Lubin Jr., City Environment and Parks Management Office representative Elizabeth Licoben and Jojo Cabato of the office of Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr. turned over to the Burnham Park Vendors Association of Baguio City 86 carts to be used in selling their goods.

Burnham Park Vendors Association president Bernardita Banania said they were allowed by the local government to sell as long as they remain roving and in designated areas only.

Banania said they secured permits at the Burnham Park Management Office after they were given the go signal to sell after several dialogues with Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

But the vendors will have to abide by strict rules with only accredited vendors issued with identification cards allowed to sell in the park.

"I strived to make an agreement because this is our only livelihood. We met with the Mayor three times before an agreement was reached,” Banania said.

The vendors are also color-coded as to their days of vending arranged by the CEPMO.

Accredited vendors are also not allowed in the walkway around Burnham Lake as their designated area are only at the Lake Drive, Juan Luna Drive and the biking area on a roving basis only.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan gave a firm warning to vendors to observe discipline and observe only what was agreed especially that the Panagbenga Festival is ongoing.

"If any of them violate the rules, their IDs will be confiscated and they cannot sell anymore,” Domogan said.

Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr.’s executive assistant Cabato during the turnover of the nego-karts from DOLE told vendors to follow the rules set by the local government adding the karts provided by the labor department cannot be sold to other vendors who are not accredited by CEPMO.

Banania assured they are conducting regular meetings to make sure they follow guidelines and don't sell in prohibited areas helping keep the orderliness of the park. The group also observe proper waste disposal and help maintain cleanliness in Burnham.

Burnham Park ambulant vendors accredited by CEPMO earn only an average of P300 daily with the exception of holidays and weekends where they can earn as high as P1,000 per day. But vendors stress this is only seasonal saying during the rainy season and tourism off-peak months they hardly earn P100 per day.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 01, 2014.

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