City defers passage of Talipapa ordinance

The City Council needs to further review on the establishment of satellite markets..

The City Council on Monday deferred a scheduled approval of an ordinance paving the way for the establishment of satellite markets or “talipapa” after concerns were raised about its implementation.

Councilor Nesario Awat told Palawan News the proposed measure needs further review and will be tackled anew in committee deliberations. He said among the issues that need to be clarified in the ordinance is the size and location of the talipapas.

“It says at least 5,000 square meters or as assigned by the City Engineering Office. We have to state in our ordinance the minimum and we have to provide the maximum,” Awat said.

He added that the minimum and maximum number of stalls should likewise be defined or else it might be mistaken for another public market.

Awat also questioned the intention of putting up satellite markets, citing that under the proposed ordinance, talipapas should not be placed along national highways to ensure they will not cause traffic congestion.

“If we look into the ordinance’s intention of addressing traffic congestion, it is only limited to poblacion. How about in far-flung barangays wherein it’s not an issue? Maybe we can exempt them,” he said.

He also inquired about the prohibition of selling outside the city government-established talipapas. “If you sell goods outside the satellite public market, it’s a violation of the ordinance that needs to be clarified,” he added.

Awat said approving the proposed ordinance without exempting the marginalized sectors, specifically farmers who only want to earn to make both ends meets meet, would do more harm than good to the public.

“How about those farmers who set up a table in front of their house and sell their agricultural products?” he said. “The ordinance would be so strict that it covers all and doesn’t consider the farmers who have no resources to bring their products to the market.”

Authored by Councilor Roy Ventura, the proposed ordinance sprung from the need to regulate the unauthorized establishment of “talipapas” in the city to ensure the protection and welfare of the consuming public.

Under the proposed policy, it is suggested to only have one satellite market in every barangay. If the barangay opted to establish its own, it must be coordinated with the city government to ensure it fits with the latter’s plan.

Stall owners in existing “talipapas” will be given a 30-day period to self-demolish their structures, prior to the actual operation of the one established under the proposed measure. Valid mayor’s permit issued to any vendor will no longer be renewed when the policy is in full swing.

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