Eastern Visayas LGUs urged to have relocation sites for displaced vendors

Published August 18, 2019, 1:50 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Restituto Cayubit

TACLOBAN CITYLocal government units in Eastern Visayas have to identify relocation sites for street vendors displaced by sidewalk clearing operations.

Tacloban City, Leyte (Grabbed from Google Maps | Manila Bulletin)
Tacloban City, Leyte (Grabbed from Google Maps | Manila Bulletin)

The suggestion came from Presidential Communication Operations Chief, Martin Andanar, who was in Tacloban recently.

“I suggest that there are ways to solve the problem and it would be the creativity of the local government units and their chief executives to show that the vendors will have alternative location to sell,” Andara said.

Thousands of street vendors in the downtown areas in the region’s seven cities and major towns are affected by the nationwide operations to clear streets of obstructions ordered by President Duterte.

Some vendors agree with Andanar on finding an alternative site for displaced hawkers.

A vendor from this city who declined to be identified said that while President may have his reasons for the order, but he should also consider their plight and direct the local government unit to identify where they should be relocated.

“I have been selling newspapers in the streets for more than a decade now, our source of our daily income.  Then, all of a sudden, they will remove us here without providing us an alternative place,” he said.