Tu­mu­lak briefs Sin­u­log ven­dors on new guide­lines


Three months be­fore the Sin­u­log fes­tiv­i­ties, Cebu City Coun­cilor David Tu­mu­lak met with the of­fi­cers and mem­bers of at least seven groups of ven­dors in the vicin­ity of Basil­ica Mi­nore del Santo Niño to ori­ent them on the new guide­lines that will be im­posed dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.

Tu­mu­lak, who is the over­all chair­man of the Sin­u­log Foun­da­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, said that the new reg­u­la­tions in­clude a new ID sys­tem for the ven­dors, des­ig­na­tion of ar­eas where they can sell, and the pre­req­ui­site train­ing that they must com­ply.

“Apil ani ka­tong mga manin­da­hay og buwak, kandila, tubig, bal­loons, pagkaon. Kan­ing mga maninda og pagkaon, ato sad ni silang ipa- sem­i­nar sa City Health for safe food han­dling. Apil sad ani kin­ing fire pre­ven­tion para sa mga na­ma­li­gya og kandila (We in­cluded those who sell flow­ers, can­dles, wa­ter, bal­loons and food. Food ven­dors will have to un­dergo a safe food­han­dling sem­i­nar at the City Health. Also, we in­cluded fire pre­ven­tion for can­dle ven­dors),” Tu­mu­lak said.

Ven­dors are re­quired to fill out and sub­mit in­for­ma­tion sheets at the Sin­u­log Foun­da­tion so they will be given iden­ti­fi­ca­tions cards.

It is spec­i­fied in the ven­dors’ IDs the spe­cific ar­eas where they can sell and the emer­gency num­bers that they can dial if there are in­ci­dents in their area.

“They can’t over­lap other ar­eas. Ar­eas will be color-coded to eas­ily iden­tify ven­dors who are as­signed there,” said Tu­mu­lak.

The ven­dors will also be pro­hib­ited from bring­ing stocks in their area so as not to ob­struct pas­sages.

“Adto na ibu­tang sa San Roque Gym ang ilang mga bali­gya. Ang mga tagaprobin­sya, adto na sila sa Devo­tee City. Kato ilang stocks adto pud didto (The stocks will be housed at the San Roque Gym [in BarangaySanRo­que­n­earthe Cebu Metropoli­tan Cathe­dral]. Those who are com­ing from the prov­inces will stay at the Devo­tee’s City as well as their stocks),” he said.

“We re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints be­fore that the devo­tees had a hard time en­ter­ing the Basil­ica be­cause of the many ven­dors. Then some of them were vic­tim­ized by pick­pock­ets be­cause of the con­ges­tion, so we want to im­prove that. If all these will be im­ple­mented, next year’s cel­e­bra­tion will be the most or­ga­nized and peace­ful yet,” Tu­mu­lak added.

“We asked them to fol- low the plan. Due to some com­plaints, the city gov­ern­ment plans to as­sign the ven­dors in des­ig­nated ar­eas. What hap­pened be­fore was that the num­ber of devo­tees was also same with the num­ber of ven­dors,” he said.

Tu­mu­lak said they ex­pect over a thou­sand of ven­dors for next year. This in­cludes ac­cred­ited ven­dors, am­bu­lant ven­dors and those com­ing from other prov­inces.

Po­lice of­fi­cers, barangay tan­ods and Pre­ven­tion, Restora­tion, Or­der, Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and En­hance­ment (Probe) will be sta­tioned in their area to help mon­i­tor and se­cure that the ven­dors will not go be­yond the ar­eas they are as­signed to.

Ac­cord­ing to Tu­mu­lak, they look for­ward to a cleaner cel­e­bra­tion of Sin­u­log next year since the ven­dors will also be tasked to clean their as­signed ar­eas.

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