Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, in yesterday’s press conference at his residence, appealed to stallholders of the three public markets and the Manokan Country to pay their arrears which, asof March 2015 has already ballooned to over P33 million.
2014 MANOKAN COUNTRY MEET. Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, City Administrator Atty. Rolando Villamor, General Services Office head Jerome Solinap, former City Legal Office Enforcement Unit head Atty. Cesar Beloria, Jr. in a meeting with several Manokan Country tenants at BAYS Center in April of last year.*
“We, your city officials cannot totally work for the progress and development of our city as we need the wholehearted cooperation of the citizenry in all levels of our society, most especially the sector engaged in business ventures in the city,” the mayor said.
“The past administration grossly neglected to install the necessary mechanisms to ensure the payment of the stalls in the markets and at Manokan, so there are no funds available to maintain and to make necessary repairs and improvements,” he also said.
He stressed, “the past administration incurred large debts which we are now servicing to the best of our ability. In order to have funds to improve all the the infrastructure in these areas, we will, instead of borrowing funds, sell some of the city properties in order to finance the needed improvements. In the case of the Manokan Country, SM and other agencies are interested in buying this property and develop into world standards.