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Stand Up for Life
Thursday, August 29, 2013
MEMBERS of an association of legitimate vendors at Baguio City market are all out in the clearing operations and clean-up drive being conducted by the local government at the marketplace. In fact they see this as one way where the city can regain its Hall of Fame title as the “Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City”.
Baguio Market Plaza Cooperative Multipurpose (Bamapcom) Chair Victor Calimlim said during his appearance as guest in the TV discussion program “Men’s Talk” of the Communication students of the University of the Cordilleras enrolled in the subject Broadcast Journalism Principles and Practices that they support the demolition of the illegal structures in the market in the pursuit for the cleanliness of the area.
Calimlim also said that they are in constant communication with City Mayor Mauricio Domogan for the implementation of the said campaign. For their part they have already created a committee that will also look into the matter. They also have conveyed their intention to assist in the implementation of the market rules and regulation and review the Comprehensive Market Development.
Bamapcom is not the only one supporting the market clean up drive but all the associations and cooperatives of vendors which will later be formed as confederation without any faction, Calimlim said. The city market has around 1,586 legal vendors. Bamapcom has 1,300 total members.
Calimlim said the formation of a confederation is just like during the old days when there was only one association of vendors in the market which is the Baguio Market Vendors Association (Bamarva) now renamed Bamavaco after failing to renew registration at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The market clean up is also seen as an effective way of eliminating the operation of bad groups who are involved in illegal activities such as the transshipment of illegal drugs and even prostitution.
Today that tourists are now impressed with the cleanliness of the city market. They can now move freely in the widened pathway while purchasing fresh vegetables and prime commodities without complaining of any foul smell.
Meanwhile, as early as now Bamapcom is already planning for the conduct of weekend cultural show which they hope will start by December. The presentation which will be highlighted by the performance of invited dance troupes from the different schools in the city is seen to entice more tourists to visit the city market.
With all the efforts being done by the city government to make our city market clean and all the vendors supporting the move there is no doubt that the used to be known as show window of the city will again become a frequently visited place by tourists and local consumers as well.
Let us make our market a beautiful place to visit where anyone can also enjoy a good little chat with the vendors just like before as how our old folks describe it. If our neighboring towns were able to construct a clean and more developed market, why not Baguio?
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Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 30, 2013.