Remove ‘pungko’ food stalls around schools, Citom told

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Monday, November 8, 2010


SOME schools in Cebu City are asking the City Traffic Management Office (Citom) to free the roads near schools of “pungko-pungko” food vendors and other road obstructions.

At the Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) in Barangay Labangon, president Doroteo Salazar said the roads that abut the schools are being used by jeepneys, big trucks and cars.

“During class days, monstrous traffic jams usually occur in the roads near the schools due to road obstructions that are very hazardous to the safety of our students,” he said.

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“Cars are indiscriminately parked along the sides of the narrow roads. Big trucks stop along the road to unload cargoes for hours. Vendors of pungko-pungko abound along the roadside, exposing our students to very imminent danger of accidents,” he added.

“Pungko-pungko” refers to makeshift eateries, usually set up on sidewalks, which sell rice and foodstuffs one can easily eat by hand, like spring rolls, meatballs, barbecue and ngo hiong. Customers sit on low stools or benches, hence the name.

The same situation has provoked complaints from officials in the city’s elementary and public high schools, like the Abellana National High School, Lahug Elementary School, Lahug Night High School and Cebu City Central School.

They asked the city’s traffic enforcers to free the road, in areas classified as school zones, from pungko-pungko vendors.

“When the safety of the students is at stake, we are very concerned. If serious accidents will happen in this road, it could be due to negligence of some people,” said Salazar.

Citom Chairman Sylvan “Jack” Jakosalem said they are urging schools to write his office, in order for them to clear the schools of roadside vendors.

“I am requesting them to write us. At least we will have a basis to clear them. At least sad ba, it won’t seem to be a random thing,” he said in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 08, 2010.

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