In a live video on Monday morning, November 11, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Yorme Isko Moreno” Domagoso expressed dismay after seeing the mountains of trash that vendors left in the streets, even after he had given them a second chance.
Cleaning up the streets has been one of the first major tasks that Yorme Isko implemented in the city. A lot of netizens lauded his iron hand in cleaning up the city as vendors were banned from the streets. For weeks, many of the streets in Manila didn’t have vendors blocking the sidewalks.
But as the vendors begged for a chance to sell, especially because this is their primary source of livelihood, Yorme Isko finally relented and gave them a second chance. But he set conditions to ensure that the vendors will no longer block the roads.
“If people [and vehicles] cannot] pass because [vendors are occupying] the whole street, I will make their Christmas sad. We gave them the opportunity to sell on the condition that they observe discipline,” the mayor told the Inquirer.
In the Inquirer report, the mayor also reportedly said that the stalls should only measure 1 meter x 1 meter. He reportedly added that for the vendors to exceed the allotted space, “it would be like they were mocking the government.”
While major roads such as Juan Luna Street and Recto Avenue are declared to be a completely vendor-free zone, vendors were allowed to sell at Carmen Planas and Tabora Streets and the portion of Ilaya Street near Moriones.
On Monday morning, however, a dismayed Yorme Isko could be seen shaking his head in anger and dismay after seeing the mountain of trash left by the vendors. He had given them a second chance but they insulted him with the trash they left in the streets.
The mayor declared that the area with the mountain of trash will be declared a no-vendor spot again.
Watch the video here:
Is It Legal to Sell on Sidewalks?
Sidewalks are made for pedestrians, not as parking spaces for vehicles or a place for vendors to sell their goods! It is not legal to sell on sidewalks; however, it is common practice in many places across the Philippines.