Market parking area cleared

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Mayor Edna Tabanda ordered Friday for the local police to clear the market parking area from its occupants.
La Trinada Police Chief Byron Allatog said occupants of the market parking area were asked to leave by 5 p.m. Friday.

"This is a direct order from the mayor and the area is not a contested property as it is owned by the LGU," said Allatog.

Farmers occupying the parking area said they will only vacate the area when there is a written order from the mayor, said Darwin Soriano.


Tabanda issued her formal order Friday afternoon, before 5 p.m. and police have been posting the document in the area in a bid to convince farmer groups to vacate peacefully.

Soriano sought the aid of the local council Tuesday morning to help them buy time for the use of the market area parking space.

Soriano said farmer groups were not consulted in Tabanda's move to oust them from the area saying only disposers and truckers groups were included in the dialogs which started since July.

During the regular session of the body, the council agreed to help the farmers group, penning a resolution asking the mayor to extend the deadline for the use of the public parking space following conditions to be set by the chief executive.

Farmers who were initially given until December 31 to vacate the area were given a final extension until January 10. Without anywhere to go, farmers said, selling price of their produce will suffer.

The parking area is owned by the local government unit.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 13, 2014.

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