EdPam orders shutdown of illegal junkshops

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


ANGELES CITY -- The days of illegal junk shop and auto garage operations here are numbered.

This, as Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently ordered all concerned agencies and authorities to shut down their operations, citing pollution.

Pamintuan, in the Peace and Order Council Conference held over the weekend, said that the move seeks to provide solutions to the problems currently being faced by the city concerning crime, traffic and general orderliness.

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During the open forum, many voiced out their opinions on the operation of illegal junk shops and auto garages in the city, prompting the mayor to issue an ultimatum which instructed all authorities involved to apprehend those with business permits and completely shut down and remove those without.

“We called over all the stakeholders, from businessmen to the academe, to participate in our conference today. We all heard about the good news, so, let’s listen to all the bad news that concerns your sectors”, said the mayor.

Department of Interior and Local Government City Director Remedios Rodriguez said that the city's willingness and that of stakeholders’, is anchored under Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 which states that “within their respective territorial jurisdictions, local government units shall… maintain peace and order, and preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants.”

In the conference proper, Angeles City Police Director Eden Ugale reported on the different types of crimes and crime rates within the city, while Remy “Bong” Mariano, officer-in-charge of the Angeles City Traffic Enforcement and Management Office, addressed issues on traffic and how they are consistently implementing relevant laws to nab traffic violators.

“We have to stay vigilant at all times with regards to our peace and order and traffic situation. We receive feedback from our citizens through text and through Facebook. Hopefully, with this conference, we can address all their woes,” said Pamintuan.

The Peace and Order Conference was also held in conjunction with the city’s preparation for the Asia Economic Pacific Cooperation (APEC) Summit for 2015, where officials, including the presidents and prime ministers of different Asia Pacific countries will visit the country to participate in meetings.

Angeles City and Clark Freeport Zone are among the key areas in the Philippines where the discussions will be held.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 15, 2014.

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