Full im­ple­men­ta­tion of mar­ket or­di­nance pushed

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REG­U­LAR in­spec­tions of all stalls should be con­ducted at the Baguio City Mar­ket to en­sure the ven­dors’ com­pli­ance with the city or­di­nance pe­nal­iz­ing the use of de­ceiv­ing lights that mask the fresh­ness of prod­ucts and goods.

This was among the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the City Coun­cil Re­search Di­vi­sion to fully im­ple­ment Or­di­nance No. 71 se­ries of 2009.

In a re­port submitted by the di­vi­sion un­der lo­cal leg­isla­tive staff of­fi­cer V Dan Ricky Ong to Vice Mayor Edi­son Bilog , lo­cal leg­isla­tive staff of­fi­cer I Michelle Du­lay noted that based on the track­ing done, the said or­di­nance is not be­ing fully im­ple­mented.

In the in­spec­tions, it was found there were stalls us­ing re­flec­tors to en­hance the color of meat, fish, veg­eta­bles, fruits and other prod­ucts.

It was sug­gested that the Baguio City Mar­ket Au­thor­ity through the Mar­ket Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Of­fice of the City Mar­ket Di­vi­sion of the City Trea­surer’s Of­fice con­duct reg­u­lar in­spec­tions and di­a­logue with the ven­dors to re­mind them of the pro­vi­sions of the or­di­nance and to en­sure that they are com­ply­ing with the re­quire­ments.

Du­lay also rec­om­mended the amend­ment of the or­di­nance to in­crease the penal­ties and in­cor­po­rate the sug­ges­tions of the im­ple­ment­ing of­fices.

The or­di­nance im­poses fines rang­ing from P500 to P2,000 and re­vo­ca­tion of per­mits to op­er­ate.

Mar­ket Su­per­vi­sor Fer­nando Ragma and City Vet­eri­nar­ian Brigit Piok rec­om­mended the

use of flu­o­res­cent and Light Emit­ting Diode (LED) light bulbs in­stead of in­can­des­cent ones to re­veal spots on fruits and veg­eta­bles.

They also dis­cour­aged the use of col­ored re­flec­tors such as red car­tolina or car­ton atop the light­ings on meat prod­ucts and ba- nana leaves un­der them as these mask the nat­u­ral color of the prod­ucts.

The dis­play coun­ters for meat and fish prod­ucts must be neat and trays or crates with fil­ter­ing vents must be used for drain­ing ex­cess wa­ter. Aileen Re­fuerzo

Photo by Milo Brioso NO MORE RE­FLEC­TORS. Ven­dors at the wet sec­tion of the city mar­ket com­ply with a city or­di­nance pe­nal­iz­ing the use of de­ceiv­ing lights that mask the fresh­ness of prod­ucts and goods. How­ever, the city has yet to fully im­ple­ment the law.

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