Parañaque City to rid Baclaran Church area of ambulant vendors

Published November 13, 2019, 11:42 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Jean Fernando

Paranaque City government announced that ambulant vendors will no longer be allowed to do their business around Baclaran Church in order to make the area less congested especially during the Christmas season.

MB FILE 0 The colorful Baclaran Church front door in Baclaran Parañaque for the first "Simbang Gabi". Devotees believe that completing the 9-day series of Masses will fulfill their requests. ( Jun Ryan Arañas / MANILA BULLETIN)
Baclaran Church ( Jun Ryan Arañas / MANILA BULLETIN)

Parañaque City Administrator Ding Soriano said that the move in not allowing ambulant vendors in doing their business around Baclaran Church was also in accordance with the memorandum from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for local governments to reclaim public areas and clear them of illegal structures.

“Itong kahabaan ang Redemptorist Road, ‘yung paligid po nito, bawal na po talaga ‘yan. We are following and maintaining the sustainablity na lahat ng lugar na ito ay bawal na magkaroon ng vendors lalo na nitong darating na Kapaskuhan,” ,” Soriano said.

Soriano said that only vendors with permits will be allowed around Baclaran Church.

He also said that Mayor Edwin Olivarez had already a dialogue with establishments within the city and asked them to accommodate the affected vendors.

“Bagama’t aminado po tayo na hindi nating kayang i-accommodate lahat ‘yan, so we have a long-term solution. The long-term solution, meron po tayong proposal… na kung saan sa tapat po ng Redemptorist Church, dito sa may Roxas Boulevard, sa open channel po natin, meron po tayong multi-level market na itatayo diyan, kung tawagin natin ay Baclaran Gateway,” Soriano explained.

Soriano said they are now waiting for the national government to approve the proposal.

“We have available funding, P150 million, anytime, the moment the green light will be given to us, i-implement na po natin ang proyektong ito,” Soriano added.