Drive vs illegal vendors in market intensified PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:56

By CLAUDINE UNIANA

Acting City Administrator and concurrent City Legal Officer Atty. Jesus Carbon Monday revealed that his office has intensified efforts to rid the city’s public market of illegal vendors.

Speaking to members of the local media during the regular press briefing at City Hall yesterday, the city official shared that the Office of the City Administrator has completed its physical count and has identified over 600 illegal vendors operating at the Main Public Market.

“They are there. They are selling in front of those who own stalls,” he said.

He added that legitimate stall owners are complaining of slow business: “No one is going to their stalls anymore because there are those selling in front of them.”

Atty Carbon also reacted to a proposal to collect from the illegal vendors, emphasizing that such collection would in fact legalize the latter to the detriment of legitimate stall owners.

Mayor Beng Climaco had earlier ordered the sale of ukay-ukay (used items) at the Main Public Market temporarily stopped.

“They are given a space there at the Sta. Cruz Market but they would prefer selling at the [main] public market,” Atty Carbon added.

The acting city administrator also disclosed that his office is investigating reports of unlawful collection of fees from illegal vendors at the main public market purportedly for the maintenance of its cleanliness.

Carbon shared that according to the people at the market, there is a system known as plastic-plastic that is allegedly given to certain individuals.While the investigation has yet to determine who those involved are, the city official assures that he is coordinating with Assistant City Administrator for Economic Enterprises Apples Go in investigating the allegation further.

Despite having issues dealing with illegal vendors who refuse to leave the public market, Atty Carbon assured his office will continue its efforts to address the various problems there. —Claudine Uniana