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Stop selling liquors, 12 stall owners told

Owners of 12 stalls located at Buildings 1 to 3 at the Dumaguete City public market have been issued warning letters for selling intoxicating liquors and other beverages, in violation of the 1988 Omnibus Market Code.

This was after reports came out that the market complex is being used as a drinking haven of foreigners and locals alike during early morning.

Questions were also raised on why these stall owners are allowed to operate without business permits.

Market enterprise officer Jose Fortin said his office has given these stalls one year within which to stop and change to other goods

Meanwhile, the City Market Enterprise Office yesterday said it has nothing to lose, if it will allow companies to use portions of the public market to advertise their products.

Fortin confirmed that a giant communications firm wanted to make use of a portion of the public market, to advertise their product using tarpaulins as sun blinds or awning, at P5,000 a month for six months.

Fortin said, aside from protecting market goers from the heat of the sun and the rain, it will earn revenues for the city.

He stressed that, at present, sun blinds put up by bottling companies are for free with not a single centavo going to the city coffers.

But members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod are not convinced this will do the city any good, and expressed apprehensions about the kind of advertisement that may be displayed at the public market such as liquor and cigarets.  Besides, P30,000 for six months is so small, the councilors added.* JG



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