Apalit vendors appeals transfer of public market
The town of Apalit in San Fernando City, Pampanga is facing a dispute with vendors in its public market.
Apalit Mayor Peter Nucom said the town needed a new market that offered “parking spaces, delivery areas, clean condition and safe shopping.”
The local government is planning the transfer of Apalit public market to a 6,000-square-meter lot within a residential subdivision. The new site is about 300 meters from the old market, which was built in the 1940s.
But the vendors view the decision as “oppressive and discriminatory” because the new site was “in the interior, unsafe and prone to flood.”
More than 300 vendors have asked the provincial board to stop the transfer, and they are instead pushing for the old market’s renovation.
But the Board said it could not act on the petition, as it has no power to influence the local government’s decision.
According to Apalit Board Member Ananias Canlas Jr., the vendors should instead express their concerns to the town government or other appropriate bodies.
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