City officials recently requested the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) to submit to the local legislative body a detailed report on the compliance of the commitments made to the city by the organizers or sponsors of bonanzas, market encounters, trade fairs or similar events that had been conducted in various public places over the past several months.
Under Resolution No. 609, series of 2023, local legislators stated there is a need for the CEPMO to ensure that organizers or sponsors of the various bonanzas, trade fairs, market encounters or similar events conducted in the city comply with the condition to perform some projects and activities as part of their corporate social responsibility.
Among the commitments made by the organizers or sponsors of such activities before the local legislative body approve their events include the repair or restoration of the existing fountains at Burnham Park and rehabilitation and beautification of landscapes by providing potted roses and fertilizers.
Earlier, the body acted on several endorsements from heads of concerned offices on requests for the conduct of bonanzas, market encounters, trade fairs or similar events with the condition for organizers to strictly fulfill their commitments as basis of the approval of their separate requests.
The council will use the report of the CEPMO on the compliance of organizers and sponsors of their earlier commitments to the city government as one of the basis in approving or denying similar requests to conduct the same activities in various parks in the city in the coming months, especially that there will be a projected influx of such requests with the onset of the Yuletide season and the upcoming celebration of the annual Panagbenga which serves as the city’s major crowd drawing event where such activities are usually conducted.
The conduct of bonanzas, trade fairs, market encounters or similar events are usually organized in close coordination with various offices of the concerned government agencies and the city government where beneficiaries of proceeds are identified as part of the corporate social responsibility of organizers or sponsors.