The request of the fruit and sidewalk vendorsof Bacolod City is now pending with the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday.
Familiaran said their letters have been accepted by Councilor Dindo Ramos, chairman of the SP Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Governance.
The Plaza Fruit Vendors have requested Mayor Evelio Leonardia to allow them to sell fruits in the portion of the Bacolod Public Plaza along Gonzaga Street from December 10 to January 1, 2020.
The fruit vendors, represented by their president Norayda Senoto, said they have been traditionally selling fruits in the plaza every Christmas season and are asking that they be allowed to sell again this year.
The Bacolod Downtown Vendors Association (BACODVA) led by its president Victoria Amolato also wrote the mayor askingthat they be also allowed to sell in the downtown area from December 1 to 31 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. along Gonzaga, Gatuslao, Luzuriaga, Araneta and Bonifacio streets.
Amolato said they will be selling fruits, RTW, dry goods, slippers and vegetable along these areas.
She said they are trying their best to find ways to feed their families and children despite the poverty they are now suffering after their livelihood was affected by their displacement.
The City Legal Enforcement Unit and the police will apprehend sidewalk vendors who continue to sell in the sidewalks after they had been transferred to the Bacolod Vendors Plaza following the clearing operation conducted by the city last September 1.
The apprehension will continue pending the approval of their request to be allowed to sell in the downtown area this Christmas Season.
About 380 sidewalk vendors are qualified to be awarded stalls at the Bacolod Vendors Plaza. The city is now processing their livelihood assistance.*
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