Committee eyes amendments to city market code

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Monday, February 24, 2014

THE Iloilo City’s market committee tasked by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is set to submit and recommend amendments to the 2009 Market Code to strengthen and give more emphasis on the code’s provisions governing the operation and maintenance of seven pubic markets here.

Committee chairman City administrator Norlito Bautista said they are soon to receive an executive order from Mabilog to reinstate to the city treasurer’s office the 14 market collectors from the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO).

A surprise inspection of market committee members at the de Leon side of the city terminal markets showed some flaws and suspected irregularities on the awarding of stalls and electrical connection to the stores.


Bautista said they will finish inspection of all perimeter street stalls and the inside stall including store extension of stalls. The market committee found out that several stalls are occupied by non-awardees in violation of their market contract.

It was also found out that some occupants paid transfer fee while the original occupants leased their stalls to other persons or sub-let certain portion of the stall -- a clear violation of their market contract.

Stall owners and occupants not in possession of certificate of award will be sent letters to settle their continued stay at the market stall. Original owners will also have to renew their application for another five years to occupy the market stalls owned by the City Government.

Bautista said that after the inspection at the terminal market, the names of stall occupants will be posted and the stalls with violations will be considered vacant based on the waiver of award.

The awarding of stalls was held in 2002 and the market code states that awarding of stalls contract will be held every five years after paying the goodwill money depending on the location of the stalls.

Original stall awardee and present occupants are given first priority to the stalls after paying the arrears. Meanwhile, the monthly rental is P2,544 per month and P4 per square meter of extension outside their stall.

Electric fee, arkabala tickets to ambulant and non-permanent vendors, and parking fee of vehicles fronting the terminal market are being charge against the vendor or stall owner.

Bautista said that only the market committee has the power to award the stalls and is not recognizing any transfer fee. A certification of transfer signed by market in-charge LEEO chief Vincent de la Cruz without passing the market committee is rendered null and void.

Stall owners not wanting to use the stall must return the same to the city government and should not sub-lease the stalls.

Bautista said an instruction from the city mayor stipulates for an effective implementation and management of the public markets by the LEEO. Aside from Bautista, other members of the market committee are city legal officer Dan Dinopol, city treasurer Katherine Tingzon, executive assistant Ely Estante and city councilor Rodel Fullon Agado as chairman of the SP committee on markets and slaughterhouse.

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