MANDAUE City Legal Officer Giovanni Tianero said the crackdown on motor repair shops blocking the sidewalk is ongoing.
He said the drainage and road projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways 7 (DPWH) 7 have also forced some motor repair or vulcanizing shops to close down.
A City Council resolution was passed last March to crack down on motor repair shops that force pedestrians to walk off the sidewalk.
“Sige ra man gyod atong operation. Kon unsay makaya sa atong manpower (Our operation is ongoing. We do what we can with our available manpower),” Tianero said in a phone interview.
He said visiting vulcanizing shops is part of their regular inspection of sidewalks.
“Atong focus right now ang Mahiga Creek, pero apil na sila sa atong regular inspection sa sidewalk (Our focus now is on clearing the banks of Mahiga Creek but we do our regular inspection of sidewalks),” Tianero said.
Councilor Jimmy Lumapas, who sponsored the resolution, expressed alarm over the presence of motor repair shops on sidewalks, saying they pose danger to pedestrians who are forced to walk on the main street.
He said these shops violate the City’s ordinance against abuse of sidewalks.
He said many of these shops can be found in Barangays Ibabao, Mantuyong and Guizo.
Tianero noted that some of the overstepping shops have closed down because of excavations being done by the DPWH 7 on sidewalks.