SP hasn’t authorized any NGO, foundation to trade at the plaza

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya has reiterated that the City Council has not granted any authority to any non-government organization or foundation to sell “ukay-ukay” or used clothes and other items at the Bacolod plaza.

“As of now I have not received any official communication from any member of the City Council with regards to that. No proposed resolution or any legislative action has been submitted to the SP (City Council),” he said.

Gasataya said they will just wait for the results of the investigation ordered by Mayor Monico Puentevella regarding the presence of “ukay-ukay” stalls that previously occupied the Gatuslao side of the plaza.


The mayor ordered the removal of the stalls that have become an eyesore, but the sellers demanded for a refund after they supposedly paid P300,000 to Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. to sell their goods at the plaza.

The exhibitors confirmed that the payment was made at the office of one of the mayor’s sons, Rocky Puentevella, an executive assistant of his father and who is also an official of Kasadya Foundation.

Moreover, Gasataya also appealed to the members of the City Enforcement Unit, who took charge of the clean-up of the Bacolod plaza, not to create stories.

He said some “ukay-ukay” vendors came to his office last Friday to seek clarification regarding reports coming from the enforcement team that he and the mayor had a conflict regarding the removal of the stalls.

The mayor had earlier confirmed that he ordered that the stalls be removed.

Gasataya said they only had a caucus with Puentevella Wednesday regarding several concerns in the City Council and that there was no such incident where they allegedly “raised their voices” against each other over the “ukay-ukay” issue.

If the enforcement unit wants to implement something, they should go on with it and not create any stories or scenario, the vice mayor said. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 06, 2014.

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