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MANILA, Philippines -- The Quezon City government has assured tenants of the contested Manila Seedling Bank property that they can continue to do business in the area.
Mayor Herbert Bautista said he met with the tenants on the seven-hectare lot and allayed their fears.
Last year, the 36 tenants and their workers voiced concerns over City Hall's takeover of the property, which will be part of the Central Business District.
The tenants were represented by Efren Chatto, vice chairman of the World Flower Council, during the dialogue.
Although the lot is owned by the National Housing Authority, City Hall has claimed the property, citing the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation Inc.'s P57.208 million unpaid real property taxes.
Bautista said the tenants will be allowed to continue doing business so long as all terms and conditions are complied with.
He has required the stallholders to submit all their lease and sub-lease contracts to determine the actual number of legal tenants.