Roxas Avenue 'ukay' to stay

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012


DAVAO City Hall said Tuesday that the ukay-ukay stalls along Roxas Avenue will stay despite legitimate establishment owners complaining about them.

Erwin Alparaque, assistant city administrator, said they cannot remove the stalls because they do not have any other place to transfer the vendors to.

"Naga hangyo lang 'mi ug gamay’ng panahon na makapangita mi ug lugar na kabalhinan sa mga vendor (We are just asking for a little time to look for a place to transfer those vendors)," Alparaque said.

The ukay-ukay stalls have been operating without a permit from the City Council since February this year after the one-month extension granted expired last January 31.

A group of business establishment owners petitioned for the removal of the night market along Roxas Avenue. Among the establishments that petitioned the market’s removal are Chicco di Caffe, Associated Labor Union, Quattro Tactical Source Inc., Sotil Inn, and Caution Bar.

The business establishments said in their complaint that the night market affects their legitimate business in the area and causes the place to be littered.

But Alparaque said the vendors in the area are legitimate and are paying due taxes and annual special mayor's permit for their operation.

Alparaque also said the operation of night market in the area does not need a special permit as what the group was saying because there is no such permit.

He said the group may be referring to the resolution issued by the City Council for the closure of a portion of road in a given period of time.

He said there is no need for such, adding the night market does not close a lane.

A nightly check on the venue, however, shows that the two-lane portion that exits to Quezon Boulevard is occupied every night by these stalls, contrary to what Alparaque claims.

He said he will call for a dialogue with the vendors or even with the group who petitioned as to how to get things better both for the vendors and the business establishments in the area.

Alparaque added that he will personally check as to whether those vendors are really hampering the businesses of those establishments and to come up with a solution at the soonest time possible.

But he said pulling out those vendors without having a new place is not an option.

Meanwhile, the Davao City Council has passed on first reading the request of those petitioning group to stop the operation of the night market.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 18, 2012.

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