VENDORS of the two busiest markets in Cagayan de Oro City are asking the City Council to extend the deadline for the renewal of business licenses for a month, from February 28 to March 31.

Franklin Dagkuta, president of the Cagayan de Oro-Cogon United Market Vendors Association, said public market vendors are one in asking for the extension.

He said one month is “too short.”

Renewal of business licenses began on February 3 until month end.

"Hangyo pud unta mi nga pareha sa ilang paglugway sa business permit renewal para sa mga negosyante tungod sa nahitabong dako nga baha, ila pud nga lugwayan ang among deadline kay nangita pa intawon mi ug kwarta nga ika-renew (We appeal to the City Council to extend the deadline, just like the extension they gave for the businessmen because of the flood. We are asking for the extension because we still need more time to find money)," Dagkuta said.

Dagkuta said aside from paying for the business license renewal, they are also required to pay 20 percent of the total amount of their delinquency to settle their overdue rates.

"Naa sad mi problema sa mga overdue payment, kay dili mi ka-renew kung dili pud ni namo ma-settle. Besides, dili baya kusog among halin sa merkado kay daghan na sad kaayo ming ka kompetensya (We still have to pay our overdue payment because we can't renew, when this won't be settled. Besides, our earnings these days is decreasing since we have a lot of competition now)," Dagkuta said.

City Councilor Ian Nacaya, chairman of the committee on economic enterprises, said the vendors' reason for asking the extension is understandable.

Nacaya said other vendors suffered and were also victims of the big flood last January 16.

"We have to consider because, of course these are only small-time vendors," Nacaya said.

The City Council will decide on Monday, February 27, whether to grant or turn down the vendors’ request.