City to cancel delinquent market contracts

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Monday, February 10, 2014


THE Iloilo City Government is ready to cancel all market contracts of erring stall holders in the city’s seven public markets found to have violated the terms and conditions in their contract, city administrator Norlito Bautista said.

Bautista made the announcement after receiving an instruction from city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to check on the original stall owners and other occupants of the awarded market stalls. He said the markets placed under the supervision of the Local Economic Enterprise Office, has not been earning positively for the City Government.

The city administrator said a joint public market committee will inspect the market stalls and meet with the occupants on February 24 to verify certain information on the status of the market stalls, most of whom are not the original owners but subleased to other persons.

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He added that after the inspection and verification, the committee will then recommend to the city mayor for the cancellation of delinquent contracts. The list of names of the market stall owners will be placed in a bulletin board and original owner-occupants will be given priority in the renewal of contract.

Other stall occupants may also apply for a contract after meeting all the requirements from the City Government. Most stall owners are occupying the stalls since 2003 and the contract is renewable every five years.

The city administrator said the original owners have no right to sub-lease the stall and if they wanted out from the stall, they must first surrender the stall back to the city government and not to sub-lease it for a fee.

Bautista said that city Regulation Ordinance 2009-316 known as the Iloilo City Market and Slaughterhouse Code of 2009 created the Local Economic Enterprise Office and the Code governs the establishment, administration and operation of the public markets, slaughterhouse and public terminal.

The city public markets are the Iloilo terminal market, central market, both located in the city proper; Arevalo public market, La Paz public market, Jaro big market, Jaro small market, Mandurriao public market, and the Iloilo slaughterhouse and Molo bus terminal.

The terminal market has 177 registered stalls, central market with 97, Arevalo 62, La Paz 20, Jaro big market 48, Jaro small market 32 and Mandurriao 42, all paying a monthly rental with the city government.

The stalls do not cover the open spaces for ambulant vendors of vegetables, fish, fruits, chichirias and other dry goods who pay a daily fee called arkabala tickets.

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