Rupinta re­in­states ven­dors, but sets con­di­tions


Am­bu­lant­fishven­dors out­side the Unit 1 of Car­bon Pub­lic Market have asked Barangay Er­mita to al­low them to sell in the area again.

Mem­bers of the Car­bon In­te­grated Fish-Chicken Ven­dors As­so­ci­a­tion (CIFVA) met with Er­mita Barangay Cap­tain Feli­cisimo “Imok” Rupinta yes­ter­day morn­ing at the barangay sports com­plex to re­lay their re­quest.

Al­though Rupinta ini­tially agreed to let them sell again, he had at least two con­di­tions — first, that the group re-elects their of­fi­cers, and to make sure that their sell­ing area is al­ways clean and free from foul odor, which has been the sub­ject of com­plaint by some res­i­dents nearby.

“Ni­hangyo mi nga mak­a­ba­lik mi paninda. Pero iya gusto nga il­isan ang pres­i­dent kay wa siya kauyon nako. Wala na lang ko nireklamo kay samok na,” said CIFVA’s for­mer pres­i­dent Ma. Joy Geon­zon.

(We re­quested to be al­lowed to sell again. But Rupinta wants to change the pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion be­cause he does not like me. I did not com­plain to avoid prob­lems.)

Their for­mer vice pres­i­dent, Virge­lio Berzaldo, is their new pres­i­dent.

CIFVA has around 30 mem­bers. The ven­dors have been com­plain­ing on loss of in­come since they were not al­lowed to sell at the back of Unit 1 of Car­bon market since Au­gust when they had a rift with barangay of­fi­cials and barangay tan­ods.

The ven­dors com­plained that the barangay al­legedly tried to con­fis­cate their goods and clear their stalls when they re­fused to pay a “vol­un­tary fee” to the barangay upon the ad­vice of City Hall’s market author­ity.

The in­ci­dent in Au­gust brought up prob­lems re­gard­ing the barangay’s col­lec­tion of a P10 vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tion from am­bu­lant ven­dors in Car­bon market.

Cebu City Hall ear­lier slammed the col­lec­tion as il­le­gal and threat­ened to file cases against Er­mita. They even threat­ened to let the po­lice ar­rest barangay per­son­nel who con­tinue to do the col­lec­tion.

But ap­par­ently, City Hall’s threats have not ma­te­ri­al­ized as Rupinta said they have not stopped do­ing the vol­un­tary col­lec­tion since Au­gust.

“Nahilom na­man na nga is­sue. Nakahibaw man ang mayor nga le­gal na. Naay barangay or­di­nance ana nga ap­proved sa City Coun­cil (The is­sue has died down. The mayor knows that it is le­gal. There is a barangay or­di­nance on that which was ap­proved by the City Coun­cil),” Rupinta said.

As to the con­di­tions, he pointed out that the rea­son why the ven­dors were cleared last Au­gust was be­cause of a pe­ti­tion from some res­i­dents near the area who com­plained about the garbage and foul odor left by the ven­dors ev­ery day.

This is why he said he asked for the as­sur­ance from the ven­dors that they will reg­u­larly clean their spots and make sure that their garbage are dis­posed prop­erly.

He also asked the ven­dors to follow and co­op­er­ate with the barangay’s rules and reg­u­la­tions.

The ven­dors are set to sign an undertaking with the barangay re­gard­ing these con­di­tions.

Rupinta said he will then con­sult the undertaking with those res­i­dents who sub­mit­ted the pe­ti­tion against the ven­dors. If they also agree, then that’s the time the ven­dors can re­turn to sell in the area.


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