Paseo del Mar doing good, but not Jardin de Maria Clara PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 09:54

To protect stall lesees doing business at the Jardin de Maria Clara food court in Pasonanca Park, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday assured that measures will be taken up to improve business activities thereat through amenities that will encourage people to visit the place even during regular days.

Councilor Benjamin "Nonong" Guingona III, at the same time, shared the same views with Lobregat saying that there is really a need for the City Council to take the matter seriously by reviewing the ordinance regulating the operation of the Jardin de Maria Clara.

In a press conference yesterday morning at City Hall, Lobregat agreed to a common observation that the food court at Jardin de Maria Clara is not accessible to the people which indirectly affects the business climate in the area.

Jardin de Maria Clara has been in operation for more than a year now and is similar to the Paseo del Mar, where business is brisk .

Business operators at Paseo del Mar are doing much better than those stall lesees at the Jardin de Maria Clara because of its accessibility to many people as it is only a few meters away from the Shrine of the Lady of the Pillar.

Many stall lesees at the Jardin de Maria Clara have temporarily stopped doing business because of high rental fee.

Of the 11 stalls, City Hall learned that only two are active, but are considering to stop operation if the city government will continue to charge them the high rental fee.

One of the concessionaires at the Jardin de Maria Clara is the Barangay Chairman of Pasonanca Efigenio "Jun" Julian who told newsmen that he has been paying P20, 500 a month to the city government as rental fee for his stall located right at the entrance of Jardin de Maria Clara.

Earlier, no less than Councilor Gerky Valesco, chairman of the City Council’s Tourism Committee, had suggested that additional amenities should be put up within the vicinity to attract people’s attention.

The city government is now looking into the possibility of lowering the rental fee of the stalls at the Jardin de Maria Clara through amendment of an ordinance.

By Jimmy Villaflores