By Zaldy Comanda
Baguio City – All commercial activities in this city may soon be charged with environmental fees.
This, after the city council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance charging an environmental fee for the use of roads and other public places for commercial and other purposes in the city.
Councilor Elaine Sembrano said that the measure shall cover all commercial activities such as trade fairs, market encounters, motor or car shows, animal shows, beer fests, carnival operations, concerts, company promotional events, sales caravan, airsoft games and other similar events duly authorized to be conducted on roads, streets, alleys, parks or other public places, by the local government.
She said that it shall be the responsibility of the event organizer, operator or company to pay the prescribed environment fee prior to the conduct of their approved event.
The ordinance stipulated that the environmental fee shall be apart from the garbage fee collected pursuant to Section 97 of Ordinance No. 18, series of 2016 or the city’s Environment Code.
Included in this ordinance will be trade fairs, market encounters, and baratilyos. These will be charged P150 per day. Animal shows shall be charged not less than P500 per day, as well as car or motor shows, among others.
But the ordinance stated that local government activities may be exempted from the coverage of the provisions of the ordinance including events that are transitory in nature such as street parades, motorcades, fun runs, marathon or the like.