Baguio drops ambulant vendors permit fee

SPECIAL permit fee for ambulant vendors will be reduced to 67 percent.

Proposed by committee on market, trade and commerce chairman Leandro Yangot, from the P1,052, special permit fee will be reduced to P350.

The reduction stemmed after Cordillera Taho Vendor’s Association president Noel Ariola presented to the City Council the fee is a huge sum deducted on their earnings.

It was then suggested to remove taxes and fees or to exempt ambulant vendors from unnecessary fees relative to their livelihood.

The special permit has a validity of one to three months and can be withdrawn anytime costing a total of P1,052, of which P702 goes to business tax, P200 for the mayor’s permit and P150 for garbage fee.

Securing of the permit will help the city regulate ambulant vending in different areas as well as help it increase its revenue.

u201cWhile we understand the taxes being paid by roving vendors actually add to the revenue collections of the Summer Capital for its administrative operations, we also have to look into their economic status,” the proponent said.

Yangot explained the P1,052 paid quarterly is burdensome for an ambulant vendor who struggles every day to make ends meet.

u201cWe allow these vendors to sell so they can provide food on their tables and as an added income to support the needs of their families.

We therefore propose that the business tax of P702 be removed,” Yangot added.

On August 8, Mayor Mauricio Domogan approved the proposal to reduce the special permit fee to a minimum of P350 quarterly for roving or ambulant vendors.

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