July 13, 2024

City government offices intensified monitoring of the different sections of the public market to weed out illegal activities and ensure cleanliness and orderliness in compliance to the directive of Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

City Market Division personnel led by Market Superintendent Ceasar Emilio and market enforcer Stephanie Joy Espada conducted another round of inspection of some stalls last July 4 to ensure these are complying with sanitation laws and observing proper way of waste disposal.

The team also ensured entrepreneurs are complying with the anti-plastic and Styrofoam, smoke-free, and other ordinances.

Emilio said they also checked for stalls with illegal extensions or those not complying with their approved line of business or do not have business permits at all.

Violators were issued notices to pay fines or rectify their misdeeds.

The activities came on the heels of the crackdown on uncalibrated weighing scales waged by the Market Office and the Public Order and Safety Division and the inspection conducted by the inter-office Meat Task Force led by the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office to check on the quality of meat and fish products being sold.

The revitalized Oplan Timbangan resulted in an increased number of calibrated weighing scales or a total of 872 from June to July 4, confiscation of 37 defective scales, and issuance of notices of violation to those who violated the six-month calibration policy.

The Meat Task Force inspection conducted at the fish and meat sections of the market at Rillera Building and Kayang Streets, meanwhile, resulted in the confiscation of fish and meat nearing spoilage from the stalls including 16.5 kilos of bangus, one kilo of shrimp, and 7.84 kilos of meat.

The task force also issued smoking citation tickets to stall owners who were allowing their employees to smoke inside their stalls. – Aileen P. Refuerzo