A plan to remove all road obstructions in Baguio City, including newsstands, in the central business district has alarmed a media group, citing, among other things, the plight of vendors who may lose their businesses of selling newspapers.
In a joint editorial, Baguio newspapers expressed their objections to the plan, reminding the administration of Mayor Benjamin Magalong that the city has historic ties with journalism.
The editorial said, “You could judge a city by the number of newsstands on its main streets … After Manila, English language newspapers sprouted in Baguio even before it became a chartered city in 1909.”
It was run by weekly newspapers Baguio Midland Courier and Baguio Chronicle; and Sunstar Baguio, the only daily in the city.
But the business licensing office said the city government was compelled to clear the sidewalks of all obstructions as mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte before the Luzon lockdown in March.