PNP checks stalls for permits as firecracker prices soar in Divisoria

admin   •   December 26, 2018   •   2348


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MANILA, Philippines — Prices of firecrackers in Divisoria nowadays have spiked by 15% higher than the price last year.

“Tumaas  ang presyo kaysa dati na nakaraang taon mga 15 percent yung taas ng presyo ng paputok  ngayon kumbagPrices of firecrackers in Divisoria nowadays have spiked by 15% higher than the price last year.a sa ganitong klase tumaas po siya ng kinse,” said Mujahild Mamintal, a vendor.

The increase is due to low supply of firecrackers coming from main manufacturers in Bocaue, Bulacan.

A vendor believes the increase in fees for sales permit is also a factor for firecracker price hike.

“Matumal ngayon kasi laging nireraid yung Bocaue. Doon kami kumukuha matumal ngayon. Mataas ang kalakal ngayon dahil ang permit ngayon ay napakataas times two na,” said Ryan Maoming, a vendor.

It can be recalled that the Philippine National Police (PNP) did not issue new permits to new manufacturers, allowing only old producers with permits.

Because of this, the Association of Accredited Manufacturer of Pyrotechnic and Fireworks has appealed to the police to intensify the monitoring of illegal firecrackers.

In Divisoria, police are seen inspecting firecracker vendors to ask if they have permits.

Police are also monitoring the spread of firecrackers and fireworks without safety standard stickers from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

As of press time, there are no recorded offenders or any untoward incident related to firecrackers in the commercial center.

Divisoria firecracker and firework vendors, meanwhile, are hoping that they can earn their profits before 2018 ends as they expect that firecrackers will be in demand. — UNTV News & Rescue

20, including Chinese nationals, nabbed for selling produce in Divisoria sans permit

Robie de Guzman   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said it has arrested 20 individuals, including Chinese nationals, after they were allegedly caught selling produce in Divisoria without proper immigration visas or permits.

The BI said 17 Chinese nationals and three others who showed documents stating they are Filipinos were nabbed in a raid on Sto. Cristo Street in Divisoria, Manila on Monday afternoon.

The bureau said the operation stemmed from a complaint from local vendors in the area.

“We were initially targeting one individual but upon arriving at the scene, we saw 20 foreign nationals selling garlic, onions, and other produce,” said BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr.

“They were selling on the sidewalks, out in the open. They most likely do not have permits for their stores, nor are paying proper taxes,” he added.

Information from the immigration bureau said among those arrested were six females and 14 males.

The Chinese nationals were brought to the BI Detention Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig pending deportation proceedings. The remaining three Filipinos were released.

Isko Moreno shuts down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to massive littering

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has shut down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to the amount of garbage found in the area during a surprise inspection on Monday (November 11).

Vendors will no longer be allowed to set up stalls along Ylaya Street in Divisoria.

Moreno also expressed his dismay over the negligence of the vendors in managing their waste.

“Hindi ba kayo nahihiya diyan o talagang baboy din kayo sa bahay? Kailangan ko pa kayo sorpresahin? Pinaghahanapbuhay ko na nga kayo, (Are you not ashamed or are you just as filthy in your own home? Do I still need to surprise you? I already allowed you to set up your livelihood here)” he said.

“Kung ganiyan lang din naman ang iiwan sa atin araw-araw, tigil na silang lahat, (If they will leave [these garbage] everyday, all [the vendors] should just stop)” he added.

The Manila mayor also directed all police stations in the area to monitor the streets of Divisoria to make sure no vendors will return especially in Ylaya street.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LIST: Balik Eskwela price check

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 23, 2019

Nelie Ramel and her friends opt to go to Divisoria Market in Manila for their school supply needs. The school supplies they buy are given to children during their outreach programs.

She said they prefer buying at Divisoria because of the affordable prices.

“Syempre po abot kaya. At tsaka dito kasi pwede matawaran unlike sa bookstore hindi pwedeng tawaran, fixed na ang price, (Of course it is affordable and you can haggle here unlike in bookstores. The prices there are fixed),” she said.

However, several vendors in Divisoria said prices of school supplies went up. These are the prices of some school supplies as of Thursday (May 23):

  • NOTEBOOK – P12.00- 15.00
  • PAD PAPER – P15.00
  • PENCIL – P10.00
  • BALLPEN – P10.00-20.00
  • ENVELOPE – P6.00-8.00
  • CRAYOLA (16) – P65.00
  • CRAYOLA (24) – P80.00
  • MANILA PAPER – P5.00
  • PLASTIC COVER – P35.00-70.00
  • SCHOOL BAG – P200.00-350.00
  • UNIFORM (BLOUSE) – P80.00-100.00
  • UNIFORM (SHORTS/PANTS) – P60.00-100.00

Meanwhile Laban Konsyumer group also slammed the P1.00-P2.00 price increase of school supplies in several malls.—(with reports from Joan Nano)


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