It was brought to our attention that a Barangay Ayala Alabang representative went around the Cuenca Community Center last weekend and collected P200 (a day) each from all the bazaar concessionaires there.
Although several of them were complaining or not happy about it, we found out that this was legitimate and that there is an actual barangay ordinance calling for the mentioned.
In an interview with Barangay Ayala Alabang Public Information Officer Jol Espiritu-Cruel, she said that they are indeed collecting the P200 a day fee from all the bazaar sellers.
According to her, a new Revenue Code ordinance was recently passed by both the barangay and the city council (Muntinlupa) and which was implemented last April.
She added that the barangay permit fee being charged in bazaars happening within the barangay’s jurisdiction is part of that ordinance.
“Funds collected are earmarked for various barangay projects such as the on-going granting of birthday cash gifts to senior citizens and granting of financial support to various barangay-accredited organizations, among other projects,” explained Espiritu-Cruel.
Is this fair? Do you agree with this?
Maybe everyone will just need to abide by the ordinance.
So for bazaaristas inside Barangay Ayala Alabang, if someone approaches you and asks you to collect a barangay permit, please just make sure that they give you a receipt and that they show you their identification cards as we’re sure a lot of opportunistic people will try to take advantage of this ordinance.