Com­mit­tee preps Sinulog can­dle, street ven­dors

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS -

There may be at least three months more to go, but the or­ga­niz­ers of the Sinulog 2018 have al­ready started prepa­ra­tions.

Coun­cilor Dave Tu­mu­lak, Sinulog ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee chair­man, said they’ve de­cided to lay out the prepa­ra­tions ear­lier to give ev­ery­one enough time to ad­just.

He said their first step is to or­ga­nize the street ven­dors, es­pe­cially dur­ing the novena at the Basil­ica Mi­nore del Sto. Niño.

Tu­mu­lak, who is also deputy mayor for po­lice mat­ters, said that the com­mit­tee and the dif­fer­ent ven­dors’ or­ga­ni­za­tions have agreed to adopt a color- cod­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem that will help dis­tin­guish law­less el­e­ments, and make sure that street traders stay within their des­ig­nated ar­eas to avoid over­crowd­ing.

He as­so­ci­ated the lack of dis­ci­pline in the streets with over­crowd­ing, which is a main dis­trac­tion used by pick­pock­ets.

“We have to clear the side­walk for the pedes­tri­ans and at the same time, in­still dis­ci­pline among our ven­dors. This is for ev­ery­one’s safety,” Tu­mu­lak said.

Tu­mu­lak said there are some 1,000 ven­dors within the vicin­ity of the Basil­ica alone.

Their next step would be to ex­pand the color scheme plan to ven­dors along the Sinulog pa­rade route. Tu­mu­lak said that non-res­i­dents of Cebu City who will be stay­ing in the Devo­tee City that will be put up near Com­pañia Mar­itima can also use their tem­po­rary shel­ters as stor­age for their goods.

The or­ga­niz­ers are talk­ing with a util­ity com­pany to al­low other ven­dors to use the park­ing ar­eas for their stor­age, as well.

In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view, Gretchen Salde, Plaza Sugbo Can­dle Ven­dors As­so­ci­a­tion vice pres­i­dent, said they sup­port the plan be­cause this is also a way for the ven­dors to help main­tain peace and or­der dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.

“We un­der­stand that this is a way to keep the cel­e­bra­tion solemn and that is why we are be­ing co­op­er­a­tive. We also as­sure that we will help the po­lice and City Hall in­form any sus­pi­cious per­son­al­i­ties we see roam­ing around our vend­ing ar­eas,” she said in Ce­buano. /

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