Proposed ordinance on satellite markets in Baguio approved in second reading

BAGUIO CITY –- The Baguio City Council Committee on Market, Trade, Commerce and Agriculture on Monday recommended the approval on Second Reading and for Publication, Proposed Ordinance (PO) 0029-16 introduced by Baguio City Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr.

PO 0029-16 seeks to “Strengthen the existing satellite markets and establish additional district satellite markets in the City of Baguio, allocating funds therefor and for other purposes.”

In the discussion, Yangot said the establishment of satellite markets is provided for in the Local Government Code which may be supported by the local government unit (LGU).

Councilor Faustino Olowan argued that the establishment of the satellite markets is not being questioned but where it is going to be established.

Olowan said residents in some barangays are not in favor of putting up a satellite market within their area, citing the cost of commodities may be sold at a higher price than the public market.

Olowan added that there are some who are open to a second satellite market but will still need an open space for the project.

Councilor Mylen Yaranon seconded the observations and queries of Olowan, stating that the PhP5-million budget for the establishment of the satellite markets must be used in barangays or any of the 20 districts which needed the project most.

Yangot, being the committee chair, said all the observations and queries will be noted and will satisfy the council members in its October 3 session.

The council approved PO 0029-16 on Second Reading and for publication. Jojo Lamaria/