Beng wants Council to re-visit market code PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 November 2015 12:02

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

For the purpose of having a more orderly market responsive to the needs of tenants, Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked the City Council to conduct a review of the existing market ordinance.

“They must review the ordinance and see if it is commensurate to the allowed penalties,” said Climaco Monday morning, in answer to queries from the local media regarding the low penalties levied on illegal vendors and other violators of the market ordinance.

Climaco also stressed the local government needs to put in a system that will legitimize sidewalk vendors in order to allow all residents an opportunity to livelihood without breaking the law.

“There must really be a system that has to be put in place and in order so that every poor individual who want to earn a decent living will be legitimized,” she declared.

Moreover, enforcement of the market ordinance is not the main task of the police, said Climaco and that the local government needs to have its own market authority that will enforce order to make the market conducive to legal businesses.

“Definitely it is the local government unit that must see [to it that] market development plan is in place, that there is in place a team that will be able to work with sanitation so that commerce and trade will be safe for everyone,” Climaco said.  — Jasmine Mohammadsali