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Bacoor City closes 21 market stalls in clearing ops

by Dennis Abrina
 August 17, 2019
NO BUSINESS PERMITS. A team member from the Bacoor City Business and Licensing Office places the Closure Order tarp signage in one of the 21 stalls which were found to have no business permits during clearing operations on roads and the sidewalks within the Zapote Public Market in Bacoor City, Cavite on Aug. 15, 2019. The move is in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte's order to rid public roads of obstructions. (PNA photo by Dennis Abrina) 

BACOOR CITY, Cavite - The city government on Thursday ordered the closure of 21 stalls at the Zapote Public Market.

During the clearing operation, a team from the city's Business and Licensing Office inspected the stalls and discovered many of them have no business permits.

Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla immediately ordered the stores’ closure as part of her directive for the Task Force Clearing Operations to intensify clean-up of roads from obstructions, illegal structures and sidewalk vendors.

In Noveleta town, Mayor Dino Reyes Chua led the clearing of public roads and obstructions including “eyesores” from illegal structures breaching the Barangay San Jose Dos.

He also reiterated instructions to remove the electric posts along the San Rafael National Road.

“I am requesting the help of the Cavite DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) and Meralco to help us remove all the electric posts that are obstructing along public roads after the road-widening project,” Chua appealed.

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In nearby General Trias City, Liga ng mga Barangays (LnB-village league) Federation president Alfred Ching of Barangay Dulongbayan, steered the league of 33 villages to clear their sidewalks from obstructions.

Ching, in his meeting with Mayor Antonio Ferrer and concerned city officials, said they have embarked on city-wide cleanup operations, including talks with owners to remove their illegally-parked vehicles on public roads.

The village chiefs also requested scores of property and business owners to remove illegal structures and debris or materials that obstruct along roads and highways and public pathways especially in public convergence zones.

Ferrer led city officials, with Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and barangay leaders in removing road obstructions along Tejero crossing road, in the city proper, Governor Ferrer from Prinza-Sta. Clara crossing to Manggahan, Manggahan-Governor's Drive crossing to Crisanto delos Reyes Avenue, up to Panungyanan upland areas.

"What is pleasing to note is that the business owners themselves have the initiative to clean their respective areas and are clearing obstructions on sidewalks and streets,” Ferrer said in Filipino.

The city mayor, however, warned that violators of the order will be meted out the corresponding penalty or revocation of business permits.

He said the city government is complying with President Duterte’s directive and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular 2019-121 issued on July 29 ordering all local government units (LGUs) to clear public roads being used by individuals or entities.

The DILG memorandum ordered local officials to exercise their powers to revoke permits that give private entities authority to use parts of any public roads. (PNA)

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