“ONLY until December 31.”

Bacolod City Administrator lawyer Pacifico Maghari III said this is the deadline given to stall owners from the three major public markets to settle their arrears.

“Should they fail to settle their accounts with the city treasurer’s office next month, we will start closing their stalls,” Maghari warned.

The arrears of the vendors due to non-payment of rentals at the three major public markers already reached about P30 million.

Maghari said the vendors have already been given enough time to settle their accounts.

Earlier, City Legal Officer Romeo Carlos Ting Jr. earlier said more than 1,000 vendors agreed to pay 10 percent of their arrears every month and some of them already settled their accounts at the City Treasurer’s Office.