By LITO RULONA
Some 300 vendors belonging to United Muslim and Christian Vendors Organization (UMCVO) based in Agora Market City asked help from the city council to “freeze” the impending stall increase and provide additional comfort rooms inside the market premises.
In a complaint letter submitted to the city council on Monday, UMCVO president Janal Hamdag said they asked help from the city council through City Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Economic Enterprise and Market to facilitate their request.
“This request was long overdue considering nga kaniadto pa kini sa 2017 but the management of Agora Market City and the CEED management dili gyud makig-atubang kanamo mao nga mianhi kami diri sa city council para tabangan,” he said.
He said they had already send letter signed by the entire members of the vendor association to Mr. Bryan See, Agora Market City manager since 2017 asking the “freeze” the scheduled stall rental increase since their daily earnings is not enough to pay the daily rent.
“Wala man gyud kami niya (See) tubaga mao nga nag-request na gyud kami og tabang from the city council,” he added.
Hamdag said they had also sent letter request to Agora Market City Manager Melchor Lagura last January 31, 2017 but to no avail. They made another the letter request following a general assembly meeting of UMCVO dated November 16, 2017 to make a signature campaign. But still to no avail.
“Sa among gabayaran nga P313 kada adlaw murag dili na kami mabuhi apan ang nagdumala lamang ang among gibuhi,” he said.
On March 11, 2018, there was a management order to “freeze” the increase of the stall rentals but only implemented to those declared as victims and re-locators of Marawi Seige.
Hamdag said those who were not included on the selective freezing of stall rentals has been experiencing penalties and surcharges on the stall rentals.
“Kung dili kami motuman sa pagbayad sa among obligasyon sa stall rentals, light and water sa due date, automatic padlocked ang stall apil ang pagputol sa kuryente og tubig. Kung mopadangat kami sa among reklamo, tubagon lamang kami nga daghan pa ang gusto mo-renta sa maong lugar,” he pointed out.