Guadalupe plebiscite stand
BARANGAY Guadalupe captain Michael Gacasan voiced apprehension over the impending plebiscite that would decide whether or not to divide the barangay and create a new one called Banawa-Englis.
“I am in the middle and the old timers don’t agree,” Gacasan said, adding that Guadalupe may lose its status as Cebu City’s biggest barangay if the yes votes prevail in the plebiscite.
If the results favor the yes vote Gacasan said he will help the new barangay while a no vote would mean that Guadalupe residents want their barangay to remain intact.
Guadalupe has a total population of 90,000 covering 12 sitios and 68 puroks.
The plebiscite will be held one month from now. The plebiscite was scheduled on March 31, 2010 but a court dispute delayed it.
Even with a yes vote, the status of the barangay officials will remain the same, the city Commission on Elections (Comelec) office said.
Republic Act 9905 which called for a plebiscite on Guadalupe was authored by former congressman Antonio Cuenco.
About 79 clustered precincts will be formed on July 28. Correspondent Tweeny M. Malinao
Moratorium on market fees
VENDORS of Mandaue City’s new public market asked City Hall to defer the imposition of lease right fees owing to their low income in the past few months.
Mandaue City Councilor Jimmy Lumapas said he talked with the vendors and agreed to pass a resolution to defer the lease right fees for one year to allow the vendors to earn income.
Mandaue City Market Administrator Mosuline Suliva said the stallholders want the city government to change the route of passenger jeepneys so they pass by the new market instead of the old market.
“There are still illegal market vendors in the old market and there are the malls which are accessible to jeepneys. This has caused the stallholders to lose income,” Sulliva said.
The Mandaue City Council will deliberate on the resolution in their session this Wednesday.
The new public market has 1,449 stalls of which 70 stalls were vacant. Correspondent Norman V. Mendoza