Carbon vendors hold rally against interim market move

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ABOUT 100 vendors from the Warwick Barracks and Freedom Park held a rally on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 to protest against the Carbon Market modernization and their relocation to the interim market which will be inaugurated in four days.

The group, led by Ann Ariosa of the Carbohanong Alyansa, is opposed to moving to the interim market as the vendors find it unsafe for them and for the buyers. The group has also filed a case against the new Carbon Market developers.

According to Ariosa, based on their last meeting held at the Cebu City Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement office, the interim market is not yet ready for occupancy. There is still a lot of work to be done, Ariosa said.

“Many more cases have not been dismissed yet. The temporary restraining order was dismissed, but then there was a motion for reconsideration filed days after,” she added.

Based on the ruling of Judge Soliver Peras of RTC Branch 10 in October 2021, among those dismissed were the petitions to nullify the joint venture agreement (JVA)contract and related documents and the writ of preliminary injunction.

Market administrator Raquel Bohol-Arce said the allegations of vendors’ modules being demolished are not true.

“We made it clear during our meeting that there was no coercion in making them move to the interim market. All we did was explain to them that on Jan. 28, there will be a blessing, inauguration and ribbon cutting, but if the place is not ready yet, then we won’t let them move there yet,” said Arce.

“We are giving them the option to move. But if they want to remain in their module, we’ll give the space to the ambulant vendors who are affected by the construction. Let’s not mind those who organized this rally out of personal interest,” Arce added.

The rally was also attended by Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan allies led by City Councilor Alvin Dizon and ABC President Franklyn Ong who voted against the JVA contract, which was the basis for the P5.5 billion Carbon Market modernization. (PAC / CCP)

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