Good idea: Abalos to help sell QC Mayor Belmonte’s proposal to waive meat vendors’ rental fees to other local execs

Published February 9, 2021, 3:18 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

For Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte’s proposal for metro local government units (LGUs) to waive the market rental fees for meat vendors who are unable to sell meat for the day due to the shortage is a good idea.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos (first from left) during Tuesday’s market inspection (MMDA / MANILA BULLETIN)

As such, the MMDA said in a statement Tuesday, February 9 that Abalos is “eyeing to convince the 17 local chief executives of NCR (National Capital Region) to waive daily rental fees” for the hardluck vendors. 

“We will sit down with the metro mayors to discuss measures on assisting hog retailers to cushion the impact of supply shortage,” said Abalos, who acknowledged that the idea came from the lady mayor.

The 17 metro mayors comprise the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the governing and policy-making body of the MMDA. Belmonte is among these local chief executives.

Also on Tuesday, Abalos joined Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez in a price inspection at Mega Q Mart and Commonwealth Market in Quezon City and SM Hypermarket in Mandaluyong. This was carried out to determine if the Palace-ordered price cap among retailers was being observed amid the scarcity of meat products in local markets.

The MMDA chairman vowed to help enforce standardized measures on all LGUs to ensure that the price ceiling will be implemented across all markets in the metropolis.

“What is important is the coordination and concerted efforts of the national government and the local government units in Metro Manila to make sure that the price of pork and chicken is within the implemented price cap,” Abalos said.