Displaced vendors create traffic-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
THE demolition of a row of stores in front of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) that resulted to the displacement of vendors has drawn mixed reactions.
Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said the demolished structure will pave way for a modern building to provide decent commercial spaces with low rental for the vendors.
However, the displaced vendors have been causing traffic congestion on the street outside the NMMC, a government-run hospital situated within the Provincial Capitol compound.
Boyet Paredes said traffic in the area has worsened since the proliferation of vendors whose only care is to earn a living. He said since the capitol compound road is connected to Corrales St., where two of the city’s big malls are located, the existing makeshift stalls have added to the traffic jam.
Ambulances carrying patients could not enter the hospital premises right away due to the vendors who are overcrowding the street. The Provincial Government should look into these concerns as they are the main source of traffic problem in the area, Paredes said.
Ruth Cunanan, a pedestrian, also raised the issue of sanitation in the area. She said the vendors throw their garbage anywhere.
She said pieces of barbecue sticks, paper plates, and other trash items are scattered on the streets, and “this would not look good especially when Emano is promoting tourism.”
Cunanan said the province should instill discipline to the vendors.
Some of the vendors do not pay rent, and they take advantage of the business activities inside the capitol ground.
Nenita Gomez, a helper in one of the eateries operating outside NMMC, said it has been one month since the vendors put up the temporary stalls.
Gomez said they find it difficult to serve their customers as water is scarce.
She added without it washing their plates and glasses and utensils would be difficult.
Customers, she said, used to dine in, but now they don’t and prefer eating their meal somewhere.
Nadia, a pharmacy saleslady, said they have to adjust since their store was one of the establishments demolished. She said they now selling their medicines and other pharmaceutical products in a container truck.
Nadia said aside from the hassle of selling from the truck, some medicines are not properly stored as they require certain temperature to maintain their shelf-life.
Nadia said they would just endure the present situation, “sayang pud ang kita.”
In a statement, Emano assured that construction of the new building will be completed sometime next month.
Emano said the ongoing construction of the commercial building across NMMC is on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme for three years from a private entity that won the bidding.
He said the building is a two-story complex complete with facilities and to be fully operated by a private company for three years.
Emano said after the end of the term, the building will be turned over to the province.
He said that all the displaced vendors and businesses will be relocated including those selling in the De Lara Park.
He said the province aimed to provide decent place for these vendors while earning a living as well as to establish a new tourism site within the vicinity of the capitol grounds.
Task Force Hapsay Dalan
Meanwhile, the City Government’s Task Force Hapsay Dalan headed by Edgardo Uy will look into the traffic mess caused by the ambulant vendors.
Uy said even if the capitol compound is owned by the province, they will conduct clearing operations in the area.
He explained that all thoroughfares and streets in Cagayan de Oro City, including the capitol road, are under the jurisdiction of the Roads and Traffic Administration.
Uy said if these vendors have caused traffic obstruction then they would be compelled to clear the area by all means.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 23, 2013.