To ease the burden on market stall renters and owners in Marikina City, Mayor Marcy Teodoro has waived all penalties and interests on Sunday (October 10).

Teodoro said a group representing market stall owners in the city turned to him for help on Friday (October 8) and asked for penalties that have accumulated due to lack of customers and sales to be waived.

The mayor immediately took action to resolve the issue, tasking the Marikina City Council to enact an ordinance in response.

“I listened to them, and so I immediately ordered the City Council to pass an ordinance that will waive such penalties and interests burdening our market stall occupants,” Teodoro shared.

According to Teodoro, the local government needs to be considerate and present for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“What we need now is understanding and compassion. We must understand the plights of market stall occupants who have been badly trying to make ends meet amid the pandemic,” he said.

“This is just a pandemic. We are from Marikina. We’re together in this fight,” he added.

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