THE Cebu City United Vendors Association (CCUVA) is hoping the Cebu City Government will fast-track the passing of an ordinance regulating sidewalk and street vendors.
CCUVA president Maria Pino said the ordinance will help them secure an area where they can display and sell their products.
“This means a lot to us since we will no longer be chased when the City conducts a demolition operation,” she said in Cebuano.
The group met with Mayor Edgardo Labella on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. He asked members to help the City maintain cleanliness and peace and order.
Meanwhile, Pino hopes they will be given permission to display their items at the Carbon Public Market and in some areas downtown and uptown.
“We’re hoping they will give us areas where we can actually make some money. Di ng langaw ra sab moduol namo (We don’t want flies to be our only customers),” she said.
Pino said they are willing to cooperate with the City and adapt with the changes. However, she hopes the City will recognize their rights to make a living.
Pino said she understood the sentiments of the City and the public, admitting that some street and sidewalk vendors are responsible for traffic in some areas.
“We will do our best not to be a burden to the public,” she said in Cebuano.
More than 50 vendors’ associations are registered with CCUVA, with no less than 2,000 members. (JJL)