Estrada: No more street vendors in Manila

Manila Bulletin | Analou De Vera | September 1, 2016

Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada is firm in implementing the Zero Vending Policy in the city, as another road clearing operation in Binondo district was conducted Thursday, affecting more than 100 illegal vendors.

Estrada stood on his ground that no vendors will be allowed along the major roads and sidewalks of the city, a day after a small group held a protest rally in front of the city hall.

Rafael ‘Che’ Borromeo, head of Manila Task Force Manila Cleanup, led the clearing of MV Delos Street in Binondo, between Ylaya and Sto. Cristo streets, removing the long stretch of illegal vendors.

Borromeo said traffic flow in the street has been severely affected by the presence of illegal vendors. “Hindi sila sumusunod . Talagang na-ookupahan na nila halos ang malaking bahagi ng kalsada,” he said.

On Tuesday, some 20 protesters belonging to United Vendors Alliance and Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap held a rally, claiming that Estrada’s Zero Vending Policy is killing their livelihood. The rallyist also asked the city government to be more lenient.