Dance beat clears up sidewalks-A A +A
Sunday, September 1, 2013
ONE moment, they are hogging the sidewalk, but at the beat of “Ghostbusters” blaring from a public address system, they will be gone.
There’s a soundtrack now to the cat-and-mouse game between city enforcers and vendors violating the one-third/two-thirds policy as these vendors pack up and disappear in a jiffy upon hearing the song.
“I would like to make the situation light,” said Retired Colonel Yusop Jimlani, City Mayor’s Office-Drainage Management Unit chief and head of the demolition team against erring sidewalk vendors. Thus, he plays what he calls a “theme song” that best fits their job.
“Pag muagi mi, manghipos ug mangawala na sila. Unya pagtalikod na pud namo, mubalik na pud. So sila karon ang ghosts, kami ang ghost busters (Whenever we pass by, they pack up and disappear. But the moment our backs are turned, they return. They’re like ghosts, we are the ghost busters),” Jimlani told Sun.Star.
Jimlani, together with the Traffic Management Center (TMC) led by Retired Colonel Dionisio Abude, started the clearing operation against violators last Friday, August 23.
That was the day when some vendors turned emotional as the authorities started breaking down their stalls.
“Dili namo gusto ipakita nga we are doing something nga heavy sa panghunahuna. Actually, kapoy baya ning trabahoa ni kay mga igsuon nato na mga mas pobre namo ang maapektohan ani (We do not want to implement it with a heavy heart. This is actually hard since it is our fellow Dabawenyos who are affected),” Jimlani said.
“Bu we have to do our job. We have to implement the law,” he added.
Abude said the song is aimed at disciplining sidewalk vendors to comply with the one-third/two-third policy.
“Kung makadungog na sila ana, sila na lang mo comply ba. Tan-awon nato kung dili ba sila mahasol kung makadungog sila permanente ana unya nay mag sunod nga dump truck (Let it be a warning, that once they hear the song, they should pack up. Let’s see if they will not find it a hassle packing up every time they hear the song played from a dump truck),” Abude said in a separate interview with Sun.Star Davao.
He said they are not saying that vendors should stop selling, rather, they should follow the rule.
“Mangita na lang ta ug paagi nga mahapsay para dili siya braso-braso gyud ba. Except kadtong maagian na lang gyud namo nga naa gyud violation, makarga gyud siya. Unya pangit kayo nga ing-ana na lang kanunay mahitabo (Let’s just find a way to clear this up without using force. But once we catch a violator, we will definitely confiscate his goods, although that’s not a good practice),” he said.
Jimlani reminded vendors that they also operate at night. The one third/two-thirds policy where vendors can only occupy one-third of the sidewalk width holds true 24 hours.
“Buhaton namo sa gabie kay murag mas epektibo ang gabie kay ang ghosts manggawas kada gabii. Kami ra ginabantayan ana nila (We will also implement in the evening since ghosts haunt at night. These vendors do nothing but keep an eye out for us),” Jimlani said.
“Even the city mayor was laughing. Happy sila sa atong music,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 02, 2013.