City boosts Magay security measures vs illegal vendors PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:31

By VIC LARATO

The city government through the City Administrator’s Office has strengthened security measures at the old public market, particularly the Magay area, against illegal vendors, following the Oct. 31 fire incident that killed 15 people.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario told the press briefing yesterday that legitimate vendors affected by the Oct. 31 fire may be allowed to go back to their area after the clearing operations.

“We have to clear the area first, then we will impose our rules and regulations. For now, we are offering them (legitimate vendors) temporary space at Sta. Cruz Public Market,” Apolinario said.

He said records will show that even before the fire incident the (administrator’s) office has never been remiss in its functions in the market by driving away the “illegals”.

He further said the campaign against illegal vendors in the waterfront public market will continue, this time it will have the assistance of the police and marines.

This time, Apolinario stressed market personnel together with the police and marines will be assigned to inspect building by building, block by block, and alley by alley to ensure the market will be cleared of all vendors before closing time at 7:30 p.m., and prevent anybody from going back inside, let alone staying in the market overnight.

to him, for the first day of the intensified campaign about a hundred illegal vendors were apprehended, and about the same number on the second day of the campaign.

“We will continue doing this until they will become compliant of our rules and regulations inside the market,” said the assistant city administrator at the same time concurrent officer-in-charge of the City Administrator’s Office.

He likewise clarified that the legitimate vendors affected by the fire, those selling used clothing or “ukay-ukay” are those with permanent stalls and registered with the City Treasurer’s Office, whereas those on pushcarts are mostly illegal.

These legitimate vendors are priority to reoccupy their respective business spaces, after the clearing operation.— Vic Larato