THERE are no more stall, tents, and milling crowds at the Capitol grounds of Misamis Oriental beginning on Tuesday, November 8, as at least 74 vendors operating within the area were ordered to vacate on Monday, November 7, because of violating certain rules, said capitol park in-charge Lorna Guibone.
Guibone said the Provincial Government is mulling to rehabilitate and beautify the Vicente de Lara park.
While the planned rehabilitation and beautification projects are under way, reports have also reached the office of the governor that other vendors were selling alcoholic beverages which Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano earlier prohibits.
The capitol compound also turned dirty with indisposed wastes coming from the vendors, the capitol park in-charge said.
"Giingnan nato sila nga anytime moabot gyud ang order nga dili sa sila magbaligya kay naa rehab himoon sa parke (We inform them already that an order will come prohibiting them to sell in the vicinity because there will be a rehab to be made in the park)," said Guibone.
Guibone said the capitol has been generous to allow the vendors to do business and make money yet vendors abused and breached the agreements.
She said vendors eventually put up tents, brought their appliances and to the point of making their stalls as their home.
"Giplastar sila sauna pero isa lang ka basket, payong ug bangko, pero ilang giabusohan, karon diha naman sila gapuyo ug gakatulog (We placed them properly, only one basket, an umbrella, and a chair, but they abused, now they also live and slept in the area) ," Guibone said.
Officials of the Capitol have been constantly reminding the vendors but none took heed of the warning.
"Kada bulan ginamonitor sila ug giistoryahan. Gitagaan nato sila og kuryente pero ilang mga appliances ila nang gidala. Nag negosyo pud sila sa tubig gikan sa kapitolyo nga wala mananghid. Atong mga tanom looy kaayo and daghan basura nga ilabog sa mga namalit (Every month we monitor them [vendors]. We gave them electricity but their appliances were brought there. They even made profit out of the water, supplied by the Capitol, without asking Capitol’s permission. Our plants outside were full of garbage)," Guibone said.
Guibone said the vendors have already missed the chances given by the Provincial Government.
Vendors pay from P20 to P30 daily to the Capitol park for their day-to-day operations.
"Maka-income ang Capitol pero giunsa man pud nila ang buhi-uhi nga gihatag sa kapitolyo nga nagpasulabi man sila (The Capitol gains income from them but they abused it)," Guibone said.
"Naay gapamaligya karon diha pero kami ra pud ilang bantayan kay abugon man gyud na sila sa mga capitol guards (The Capitol guards make sure to drive them [vendors] away)," Guibone added.
Capitol officials met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the plight of the vendors.