BAGUIO CITY November 12 – The city government expressed its support to the proposal of the group of former firecracker and pyrotechnic vendors to conduct a month-long sale of Christmas toys from December 1-31, 2015 for them to be able to deviate from their business activity and embrace the sale of safer goods so as not to pose a serious threat to life and limb during the Yuletide merrymaking.
However, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said that the proposed sale of Christmas toys by the group of Agnes Montoya cannot be done within the premises of the Ganza pay parking area because the local government is in dire need of adequate pay parking spaces to accommodate the expected huge volume of vehicles that will flock to the city during the Yuletide break.
“We are happy that they decided to deviate from their previous business and we will definitely help them look for a space where they will be able to sell their Christmas toys,” Domogan stressed.
Earlier, the proposal of Montoya’s group was submitted to the Christmas in Baguio executive committee for deliberations in order to help the group locate a suitable place where they could conduct their desired activity.
He commended the members of the organization of firecracker and pyrotechnic vendors to deviate from their previous business and wanting to sell Christmas toys which would be a good move in helping the city government to ban the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials to ensure that the public will be celebrating the Yuletide season peacefully and without being exposed to extreme danger.
Domogan claimed the group should understand that the city government is using the Ganza parking area for its pay parking operations that is why it would be very difficult for them to be accommodated in the area, thus, he advised them to also continue scouting for a place where they will be able to safely pursue their new trade.
He called on the public to patronize the new trade of the group so that they will be convinced that selling Christmas toys would be better than continue peddling firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials for the Yuletide revelry.
He asserted that he remains firm on his previous stand that he will no longer allow the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials in the city to prevent the worsening of the pollutants in the city’s air and ensure that people will be safe in their homes during the celebration of Christmas and New Year.