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QC councilor wants barkers, parking boys to be registered with SEC

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Bothered by the involvement of barkers and parking attendants in drugs, Quezon City District 2 Councilor Ranulfo Ludovica is pushing for their group to be registered with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to provide them with legal livelihood.

Ludovica learned that at least 80 percent of the 130 barkers along Tomas Morato and Timog Avenue were tested positive for prohibited drugs.

He also took note of the two ordinances that ban barkers and pay-parking attendants to operate in the city.

Ordinance No. SP-2611 bans parking attendants without authorization from the city government or the barangay from collecting parking fees and Ordinance No. SP-2612 prohibits barkers at illegal bus, jeepney, taxi and tricycle terminals.

“We want to enforce the law. That’s why I am organizing the creation of an association [for them] and its registration with SEC so their group could secure an accreditation with the city’s Community Relations Office and they could avail of our livelihood program,” the politiko said.

“Our Department of Public Order and Safety could train them to become traffic aides and crime watchdogs,” he added.