ANGELES CITY -- Businessmen and residents at the commercials districts of Barangays Balibago and Malabanias here lauded the city officials for clearing major highways of illegal encroachments and ambulant vendors.

The clearing of the roads, including a busy intersection at the "checkpoint area," solved the traffic problem in the area, said the residents.

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Business in the commercial districts also prospered, local traders said.

Malabanias village chief Edizon Nacu and Chief Inspector Luisito Tan were able to convince the vendors to remove their makeshift stalls along the highway.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently ordered for the clearing of major roads in a bid to solve the worsening traffic condition in the city.

"We are looking at all possible means to clear our city of obstructions and encroachments. My program will always be centered on effective delivery of basic services and creating business friendly environment for all the Angelenos," Pamintuan said.

"We should give back the sidewalks to the people," he added.

To help the vendors displaced by the move, Pamintuan established a night market at the San Nicolas Public Market.

Vendors affected by the effort of the City Government were accommodated through this project. (Reynaldo G. Navales)