500 vendors vacate Bonifacio Street-A A +A
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
AFTER years of plying their trade in the middle of the street at the Bacolod downtown area, the roughly 500 transient vendors occupying Bonifacio Street finally vacated the area Monday.
The vendors sell fish, vegetables, and other food items especially from afternoon to evening leaving no space for pedestrians and vehicles in the street.
Mayor Monico Puentevella ordered the “no street vending” policy at Bonifacio Street effective Monday, forcing the vendors to bring their trade inside the Central Market and later at the Vendors Plaza.
The City Composite Enforcement Unit enforced the mayor’s order and the vendors themselves voluntarily removed their shanties and tables.
This was the result of the meeting of Puentevella with the market vendors last week where he ordered Central Market supervisor Mila Lumugdang to ensure compliance of his order.
Puentevella stressed the need to put order in the operations of the city’s public markets and he urged stall owners and transient vendors to cooperate with his administration.
He also said he wants public welfare to prevail in the use of streets, markets and sidewalks.
Those who cannot be accommodated at the Central Market will occupy the Vendors Plaza, which Puentevella checked Monday in preparation for the transfer of the transient vendors.
The Vendors Plaza is situated at the Reclamation Area beside Manokan Country and across the northern side of SM City Bacolod.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 21, 2014.