Ven­dors apol­o­gize for oc­cu­py­ing roads

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

of­fi­cials of the ven­dors’ as­so­ci­a­tions in Bacolod City apol­o­gized yes­ter­day to their fel­low Ba­colod­nons af­ter they oc­cu­pied por­tions of the roads at the down­town area dur­ing the hol­i­days.

This, af­ter some ne­ti­zens crit­i­cized them on so­cial me­dia for al­legedly causing traf­fic dur­ing the hol­i­day rush.

Co­ra­zon Taba­que­rao, pres­i­dent of Luzuriaga, Ga­tus­lao, Gon­zaga, Araneta Brother­hood Ven­dors As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “we ad­mit­ted that we ex­tended our stalls or we oc­cu­pied a por­tion of roads be­cause we want to dis­pose our fruits un­til De­cem­ber 31, but now we will go back and fol­low the ‘one me­ter by one me­ter space.’”

Victoria Amo­lato, pres­i­dent of Bacolod Down­town Ven­dors As­so­ci­a­tion, said they vi­o­lated the rules be­cause of the bad weather and “we are obliged to dis­pose our fruits. We’re very sorry if we caused traf­fic and in­con­ve­nience to the peo­ple of Bacolod from De­cem­ber 23 to 31.”

Amo­lato added they also ob­served that there were sev­eral tran­sient ven­dors from var­i­ous ar­eas.

Mar­leta On­gada, pres­i­dent of Luzuriaga, Boni­fa­cio Fish Ven­dors As­so­ci­a­tion, said it’s not their in­ten­tion to ex­tend their stalls, but be­cause of the bad weather, they were forced to do so to dis­pose their prod­ucts so they will also have their foods for their fam­i­lies.

“It’s not our in­ten­tion to oc­cupy the roads, hope­fully, the pub­lic will also un­der­stand our si­t­u­a­tion. We are ask­ing for­give­ness on that,” she said.

Romel Real and Danilo Ca­ma­cho, of­fi­cials of Amelia Mercedes Ven­dors As­so­ci­a­tion, said they caused traf­fic in var­i­ous

ar­eas, but they assured the pub­lic it will not hap­pen again.

They also promised to clean their ar­eas and avoid throw­ing their garbage.

The ven­dors’ of­fi­cials also asked the city of­fi­cials to reg­u­late the tran­sient ven­dors at the down­town area dur­ing the hol­i­days.*

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