By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Vendors and stall-owners of public and privatized markets in Manila need not pay rent for a month after the Manila city government waived their rental fees and charges during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
The Manila City Council passed Resolution No. 85 series of 2020 after Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso appealed to Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan and Majority Floor Leader Joel Chua of the Manila City Council on Thursday.
The Manila City Council passed Resolution No. 85, series of 2020 after Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso appealed to Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan and Majority Floor Leader Joel Chua of the Manila City Council on Thursday.
“Mga vendors, stall-owners, pumanatag na kayo. Wala kayong babayaran ng isang buwan. ‘Yan po ang tulong sa inyo ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Maynila (To the vendors and stall-owners, do not worry. You will not have to pay anything for a month. That is the assistance that the Manila city government gives you),” Domagoso said in his city address.
The local chief executive also announced that Robinsons Malls, 168 Mall, and Settimo Drago Ratto Properties, Inc. agreed to waive their lessees’ rental fees and charges after he issued an appeal on Tuesday.
Earlier, Domagoso appealed to lessors of commercial establishments in the city to waive the rental fees and charges of their lessees during the ECQ period.
“This appeal is being made with the utmost intention of cushioning the socio-economic impact of the present crisis in the City of Manila,” he said.
The entire mainland of Luzon was placed under ECQ from March 17 to April 12 in an attempt to curb the rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country.
During the quarantine, only commercial establishments providing food, medicine, and other basic necessities are allowed to remain open.
These include public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, banks, money transfer services, power, energy, water, and telecommunications supplies and facilities.