Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has warned owners of big private markets in the city that their establishments will face closure once they failed to comply with the 90-day ultimatum given to submit all regulatory requirements of the national and local governments.
Bautista issued the warning during a meeting with all private market owners in the city wherein he stressed the need to comply with all the necessary requirements during the said period.
It was learned that only two 30 private markets, the Super Palengke in Proj. 8 and Arayat Market, have so far complied with the necessary regulatory requirements.
The mayor met the market owners to make sure that they comply with the provisions of the QC Market Code and other laws and regulations pertinent to market operations.
The market owners were given 90 days to secure the necessary permits and clearances and undertake repair and renovation of defective or deficient facilities. Failure to comply with the requirements entails possible closure of the establishment.
The city’s Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department, city health department, city building official and the Market Development and Administration Department (MDAD) have inspected all the 30 private markets from February to August.
Based on the inspection report, provisions of the building, sanitation, environmental and zoning standards prescribed by both local and national governments are commonly violated.
Market administrator Noel Soliven said the number of private markets participating in Friday’s follow up dialogue does not include the eight private markets operating in the Balintawak area as their owners have already signified their intention to retrofit and renovate their facilities.
Earlier, the mayor has given private market owners and operators until December to comply with all the regulatory requirements legitimizing market operations.
Bautista issued the order after the city health department reported that majority of the private markets are operating without the necessary regulatory permits and certificates, such as health and sanitation permits, business permits, environmental clearances and discharge permits, which are either issued by the QC government, Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).