Gasataya: Plaza ‘ukay-ukay’ stalls unauthorized

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said on Wednesday that the City Council (SP) doesn’t have records of anyone seeking permission to use the Gatuslao side of the public plaza to sell used clothing or second hand merchandise, locally known as “ukay-ukay”.

Gasataya, who expressed dismay upon seeing the stalls, said that any activity whether social, civil or commercial which utilizes the city's public plaza needs approval from the Council.

He added that the display of ukay-ukay clothes which started days before the Holy Week break has become an eyesore.


“I’m awaiting the action of SP (Council) members on this,” Gasataya said.

Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, who chairs the committee on markets and slaughterhouse, first questioned the presence of ukay-ukay and other merchandise stalls in the area.

Verdeflor said she is opposed to the selling of used clothing in the public plaza because the area is identified as a historical site or landmark of Bacolod City.

Any activity at the public plaza should have the approval of the Council, and since it involves selling it should had pass the committee on markets and slaughterhouse, she added.

“We are trying to beautify the public plaza and yet we allow the display of used clothing stalls,” Verdeflor said.

The councilor said the public plaza should be a place for the family or should be exclusively used as a public park, the reason why the construction of edifice in the area is being discouraged and still needs permission from the National Historical Commission.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 01, 2014.

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