Iloilo City opens side­walks to ven­dors this Yule­tide sea­son

Watchmen Daily Journal - - COMMUNITY -

Some 300 ven­dors stand to ben­e­fit from the move of the city gov­ern­ment, giv­ing them space to sell their goods on the side­walks un­til the end of this month.

In an in­ter­view af­ter Mon­day’s reg­u­lar fla­grais­ing cer­e­mony, Mayor Jose Espinosa III said ven­dors can use the side­walks not just at the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict (CBD) on J.M. Basa Street but also in La Paz, Arevalo, Man­dur­riao, Jaro, Molo, and La­puz dis­tricts.

“We want to give them chance to sell their goods to shop­pers like­wise al­low­ing our in­di­gent sec­tor to earn,” the mayor said.

While the ven­dors are given the priv­i­lege to sell, the mayor urged them to sell their goods at rea­son­able prices.

Espinosa also en­cour­aged the ven­dors to prop­erly dis­pose of their garbage so as not to be eye sores.

Mean­while, Jeck Conlu, head of the Pub­lic Safety and Trans­porta­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice (PSTMO), said that while the side­walks are now open, ven­dors still have to fol­low cer­tain guide­lines.

He said they should not oc­cupy the en­tire side­walk but leave a oneme­ter gap for pedes­tri­ans to pass. They should first se­cure a per­mit from the city gov­ern­ment, Conlu said.

He said ven­dors are not al­lowed to sell fire­crack­ers and wet goods, and are only al­lowed to sell readyto-wear, fruits and gift items.

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