By Mae Singuay
The Bacolod City Legal Office (CLO) is asking illegal settlers at the Bacolod Vendor’s Plaza to voluntarily vacate following the release of a lease agreement signed between the city government and a real estate developer on Friday, October 20.
CLO head Romeo Carlos Ting, Jr. said the vendors were given until December 31 of this year to leave the area as the developer will start the rehabilitation next year.
Ting said vendors in the Manokan Country will not only be affected by the development, but also the Vendor’s Plaza, the BAYS Center and the Commission on Elections in Bacolod office.
He said the tenants at the Vendor’s Plaza are occupying the space for free.
They are not paying fees to the city government, he added.
Manokan Country vendors will continue their business in the shopping mall’s parking lot.
Earlier, the CLO issued a notice to vacate to 18 vendors along San Juan and Fr. Ferrero streets also affected by the rehabilitation.
The agreement is under the 40-year lease term by the private firm at an annual rental fee of P21.26 million, subject to a five-percent escalation rate every three years, for the redevelopment of the iconic Manokan Country.
The Manokan Country’s rehabilitation will signal its transformation into a future-ready tourist destination that honors Ilonggo food culture and tradition./MS, WDJ