MAJORITY of the market vendors in Burgos Public Market agreed to voluntarily remove their stalls located outside the market starting today, August 7.
This was confirmed by Bacolod City Acting Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who led the dialogue with the market vendors at the Bacolod Government Center Tuesday, August 6.
Also present were Councilor Bartolome Orola, City Administrator John Orola, Administrative Officer IV Concurrent Market Supervisor IV Allen-Luv Dignadice, Executive Assistant Ernesto Pineda, and Bacolod Traffic Office head Police Lieutenant Colonel Luisito Acebuche.
Familiaran said most of the vendors were cooperative to voluntarily remove their stalls constructed outside the market and they also agreed to be transferred inside the public market.
He said in Burgos Public Market alone, there were a total of 197 vendors who were occupying the roads.
He added this is in pursuant to Memorandum Circular 2019-121 dated July 29, 2019 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) directing the local government officials, from the mayors down to barangay captains, to implement the clearing of roads.
The clearing operation will start today, August 7, from the areas of Daniel Ramos and Burgos Street to be led by the City Legal Office Enforcement Unit and City Engineer’s Office.
On August 8, the city will also hold a dialogue with vendors at Central Public Market and the clearing operation will start on August 9 and 10 from the areas of Ballesteros Street. The vendors will be transferred inside the Central Market.
On August 11, a meeting is set with the vendors at Libertad Public Market and the demolition will start on August 12 to 14 from the areas of Amelia Mercedes Streets. The vendors will be transferred inside the Annex Building.
On August 14, a meeting is set with the sidewalk vendors, but there is no final schedule yet for the demolition.
Familiaran said Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who was in Manila to take oath as national president of the League of Cities in the Philippines Tuesday, August 6, also sent his message through a live phone call reminding the vendors that the mandate will be for the betterment of everyone, and he also thanked the market vendors for their cooperation.
Dignadice said the affected vendors will be transferred inside the Burgos market, but they also need to comply the requirements.
She said the vendors will be given space and table inside the market.
“The city will not allow them to sleep inside the market and it will be closed at 10 p.m.,” she added.
For his part, Ben Hur Anlap, president of Burgos Market Vendors Association, said they do not have choice and they need to cooperate to the local government since it is a national mandate from President Rodrigo Duterte.
He said the local officials also assured their members to transfer them inside the public market.
“It’s hard for us, but we need to follow the directive of our President,” he added.