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Indigents and PSUDS are beneficiaries of trade fair
by Jane B. Cadalig

YET ANOTHER TRADE FAIR -- Another trade fair has been set up at Burnham Park with the winning bidders allowed to set up 120 stalls after depositing P4.1 million to the city government. While there are questions on the process leading to its approval, the trade fair was also set up even if the city remains shortchanged by P1 million from a previous trade fair initiated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office. -- Harley Palangchao

The trade fair at Juan Luna Drive of Burnham Park will benefit individuals undergoing rehabilitation for substance abuse and indigent residents of Baguio City.

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said proceeds of the trade fair will benefit persons with substance use disorder (PSUD) who are under the drug recovery program of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

The CSWDO proposed the holding of the month-long event, implemented by two organizers, to raise additional money to finance the programs and interventions that the office is extending to the PSUDs.

“We have no immediate funds available so the CSWDO looked at the conduct of the trade fair as means of raising additional funds for programs intended for the drug surrenderers,” Domogan said.

Domogan said the P4.1 million proceeds will be divided between the CSWDO for and the city councilors who will allot the money for indigent patients undergoing dialysis at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

“The councilors said they need funds for their programs intended for indigent patients so paghatian nila with CSWDO ‘yung P4.1M,” Domogan said.

He added the strategic location of Burnham Park is the reason why the park is often identified as the venue for trade fairs.

Domogan said the organizers also paid P150,000 to be used to restore the landscape that will be affected by the trade fair.

The city government approved the conduct of the 30-day trade fair, which started on March 23 despite the opposition of vendors who claim that the products sold at the Juan Luna Drive are the same with what is already sold by market vendors.

The city’s amended Trade Fair Ordinance provides that organizers should see to it that their trade fairs must promote agricultural, industrial, and commercial products, crafts and other merchandise through inter-regional trading fostering better livelihood opportunities, enhancing local tourism, and helping advance economic development.

The ordinance also increased the duration of trade fairs from the usual 15 days to 30 days.


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