By Mae Singuay
Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez will no longer allow vendors of ready-to-wear (RTW) clothes and ukay-ukay (used clothing) to sell at the city public plaza next year.
This, after the city government received complaints that the kiosks had become an “eyesore” at the plaza.
“I will discuss this with the city council. We will not allow selling at the said area anymore. This will be the last time that the city government will give them [vendors] permits,” Benitez said.
Earlier, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), upon the request of the Diocese of Bacolod, allowed vendors to hold a trade fair along Rizal Street, part of the plaza that is owned by the church.
Councilor Celia Flor, chair of the SP committee on markets, said because the city government allowed vendors, some stall owners also followed suit.
Benitez said he will talk to the Diocese of Bacolod about the city government’s plan.
“We will find a way on how we can help without relying on the vendors, so we have to talk to them,” Benitez said.
He also wants to preserve the public plaza.
Meanwhile, Benitez said he had already endorsed to the Department of Tourism his budget proposal for the enhancement of the city public plaza amounting to P80 million, and the Bacolod City Government Center fountain area worth P220 million.
Since a portion of the plaza is owned by the church, Benitez said this will also be part of their discussion with the diocese.
“I doubt nga mangindi pa ‘ni sila [diocese], kay this is a beautification project for the plaza,” Benitez said./MS, WDJ