City Legal rebukes City Admin on market collection policy Print
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 11:18

By Bhong Simbajon

The City Legal Office has rebuked proposals by the City Administrator’s Office to legalize collection from unauthorized stalls at the public market following massive criticism on the issue.

City Legal Office (Ret. Judge) Jesus Carbon  is referring to the collection of a P15 rental fee per square meter for temporary structures whose owners secure a permit from the City Administrator’s office.

The proposal is reportedly allowed under Section 14 of the City Market Code.

“Section 14 is not a license for anyone to just pay P15 and then they can stay there perpetually in places where they are not supposed to be, we don’t want them increasing as time goes by,” Carbon explained.

Carbon said that collecting from illegal occupants at the public market does not make their stay legal and thus, should not be resorted to.

The City Legal Office is currently asking the City Administrator for the names of more than 500 vendors who are operating temporary structures at the public market.

The controversy started when an alleged unauthorized collector at the public market surfaced last week and confirmed collections from illegal vendors at the public market.

The illegal collection is reportedly with the knowledge of market officials and City Administrator Angelique Go herself.  (Bhong Simbajon)