Baguio LGU to invite sidewalk vendors to occupy vacant market stalls

BAGUIO CITY — Re-elected Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday in his regular weekly “Ugnayan” announced that vacant stalls in the Baguio City Public Market will be offered to sidewalk vendors who may be interested to do their business legally.

Domogan said he ordered the Baguio City Market Authority (BCMA) to look into allegations that some stalls in the market are being sub-leased which is a violation of a City Ordinance and an agreement between the city government and the lessees.

“If the lessees are proven in violation of the agreement, their lease contracts will be cancelled or terminated and the stalls will be offered to sidewalk vendors,” Domogan explained.

At the Baguio Slaughter House Compound, vendors are already settling issues with the winning bidder – occupant.

Domogan said some vendors in the area have accumulated unpaid rent to as much as PHP500,000 but refuse to settle, leaving the government no choice but bid the area out to interested occupants.

Domogan explained that an individual with an existing stall in the market will not be allowed to bid for another stall in any of the markets – Public Market, Hilltop Market or the Slaughter House.

Domogan said the BCMA will apply provisions of the City Ordinance. PNA/