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IN FRONT OF CITY HALL
Ukay-ukay sale questioned

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

A resolution asking the Office of Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella why the premises of the old City Hall are being used as a venue for selling ukay-ukay (used clothing) merchandise, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.

Authored by Councilor Roberto Rojas, the resolution said the old City Hall is a government office and having an ukay-ukay activity within its premises is unsightly and impedes the facade of one of the city’s landmarks.

The old City Hall is being occupied by various government offices that accommodate the needs of the constituents of Bacolod City, it said.

The resolution also inquired why a government property is being used for commerce by private persons at the expense of the city.

Meanwhile, Rhoderick Samonte, Bacolod Kasadya Foundation Inc. chairman and festival director, had said earlier that the ukay-ukay is part of the “MassKara Baratillo” and will run until the last day of the MassKara Festival.

He said Puentevella considered the Bacolod City Hall as an alternative site for the vendors who were transferred from the plaza.

However, the “MassKara Baratillo” is not directly under the management of the foundation, Samonte said.

When asked during a press conference who will get the income from the ukay-ukay, City Administrator Rolando Villamor only said that a certain percentage of the income will go to the Bacolod Kasadya Foundation Inc., the existence of wich is also being questioned.*CGS

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