Vendors rue meat sale outside Digos market

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

DIGOS CITY -- Meat vendors here cried foul over the continued sale of meat outside the city public market.

The vendors are questioning the lack of implementation of the City Council resolution banning the sale of meat within 200 meters of the public market.

Stall owners also complained of the increased rental fees inside the public market and the lack of customers prompting other vendors to transfer outside the market.


A meat vendor, who requested anonymity, said the City Council ordinance is not fair as they have not implemented the 200 meters radius provision.

He said authorities are quick to inspect the meat they are selling while turning a blind eye on the meat vendors outside the market.

Most of the meat sold outside the market did not undergo sanitary inspection.

Councilor Serafin Senajon Jr., chair of the City Council committee on economic enterprise, vowed to address the complaints.

Senajon said they have allowed vendors within the 200-meter radius provided the meat shops are fully air-conditioned and meat products stored in freezer to avoid contamination.

The councilor admitted that the system is not fair as meat vendors inside the market pay their exact rent and their meat passed the standards of the slaughter house, while those outside do not follow the regulations nor pay any rent.

Senajon said he will ensure that the ordinance is implemented and the health of the residents is not compromised. (Orlando B. Dinoy)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 09, 2012.

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