Another plaza emptied of ukay-ukay, illegal stalls

MEMBERS of the Iloilo City Task Force Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structures dismantle stalls and kiosks around Mandurriao district plaza afternoon of Oct 11, 2017. (FAA)

UKAY-UKAY stalls and other illegal structures in the plaza of Mandurriao, Iloilo City were demolished, Oct. 11, 2017.

Acting Mayor Joe Espinosa III ordered the demolition through Executive Order No. 94, dated Oct. 11, 2017.

The EO directed Task Force Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structures (TF ASIS) led by Engr. Robert Dumanil to immediately remove all the ukay-ukay stalls and other structures on the sidewalks, particularly along Q. Abeto Street.

Espinosa said in the EO that the kiosks along Q. Abeto Street obstruct pedestrians and motorists while the ukay-ukay stalls violate Republic Act 4653 (An act to safeguard the health of the people and maintain the dignity of the nation by declaring it a national policy to prohibit the commercial importation of textile articles commonly known as used clothing and rags).

The illegal stalls emerged after Espinosa, through EO No. 75 Series of 2017, authorized the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC)-Mandurriao Chapter to manage the 2017 Mandurriao Fiesta celebration, with Punong Barangay Sergio Causing as director general.

Mandurriao Plaza is the second plaza where ukay-ukay stalls were demolished. Last week, around 20 ukay stalls at Jaro Plaza were also removed.

Espinosa also mandated the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and the Special Services Unit (SSU) to ensure that no illegal or unauthorized structures will be constructed in public plazas and places.

To finally settle perennial problems and complaints arising from the use of plazas for trade fairs and bazaars, the Sangguniang Panlungsod initiated a probe on the issue.

City Administrator Hernando Galvez, meanwhile, called for a review of Ordinance No. 14, which prohibits the use of public plazas as venues for commerce, except during fiestas or agro-industrial fairs.

Espinosa recently explained to the barangay captains of the Jaro, Lapaz, Mandurriao, Molo, and Arevalo the city’s policies on the use of plaza.

The acting mayor said that through proper coordination, issues such as power of barangay captains over CENRO on the regulation of plazas will be settled.

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