Holiday night, weekend markets get Rody's nod-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is giving the green light to the proposal of holding night and weekend markets to solve the city's dilemma on errant sidewalk vendors.
"It's good as approved," Duterte said in an interview on Thursday at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang Premier.
City demolition team head Yusop Jimlani said they are looking forward that sidewalk vendors in the city will follow the policy that will require them to collect P150 tax payment for every night display.
He said the night market will help clear the areas where errant street vendors occupy during daytime.
Traffic Management Center chief Dionesio Abude identified the areas chosen for the night market as Ilustre St. Extension from the underpass of Bangkerohan Bridge to the corner of Ilustre and Pichon Sts., Duterte to General Luna Sts., both sides of Roxas Ave. particularly beside the drainage canal from corner of Father Faura and Pag-asa Sts., Bangoy to Alvarez Sts. in Magsaysay Avenue, and Bangoy St. towards the fly-over bridge in Agdao.
He said the night market will start at 5 p.m. onwards.
A weekend market, on the other hand, will also be set-up along San Pedro St. from the corner of City Hall Drive towards the corner of Anda St. and from Bangoy St. to Alvarez St. at Magsaysay Ave.
It will start at 2 p.m. onwards.
The policy allows vendors to only occupy one-third of the width of a sidewalk and leave the two-thirds to pedestrians.
Jimlani said the city's operation has only one objective: to control the sidewalk vendors from taking over the entire stretch of the sidewalk and give space to pedestrians.
"Dili man sila angay mabalaka. Kay kung disiplinado sila, dili ni mahitabo nga pagpatuman. Ang problema sa ila, dili sila musugot nga ipatuman nga si mayor naman mismo nag ingon (They should not be worried. Had they been just disciplined, this would have not happened. The problem is they refuse to follow even if the mayor himself had ordered it)," he said.
Jimlani said sidewalk vendors continue to violate the one-third, two-third policy, thus, it is about time to implement the night and weekend markets.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 19, 2013.