MMDA admits Baclaran sidewalk vendors defying vending scheme

December 18, 2012 11:33 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 18 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Tuesday admitted some sidewalk vendors in Baclaran are defying the new vending scheme meant to weed out illegal vendors and address the chaotic situation that has existed there for years.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, who personally led the launching of the vending scheme and the distribution of identification cards to legitimate vendors Sunday, admitted Tuesday the plan is meeting resistance from some vendors who continue to peddle their wares in the vicinity of the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran.

“May iba talagang vendors na nandadaya dahil pag umalis na ang tao natin ang iba bumabalik sa dating pwesto,” Tolentino said, adding this usually takes place in the early morning hours.

At the same time, he said his office has received reports some of the vendors were not wearing the MMDA-issued ID cards allowing them to hawk their wares at designated spots in the area.

Under the MMDA scheme, the number of vendors in the area each day will be progressively reduced to 350 from an average of 1, 000.

This will be done with the vendors putting up their stalls in rotation, meaning the first group of vendors can sell its wares only on the first three days of the week, while the other groups can have their turn on the remaining three days.

On the seventh or last day, the vendors will not be allowed to sell so that they and the MMDA can clean the area of any garbage left behind by the previous days. (PNA)

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