About 48 out of the 61 barangays in Bacolod City have submitted to the city government their accomplishment reports on clearing operations conducted in their barangays.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia had earlier issued a memorandum order directing all barangay captains and barangay officials to clear all public roads of illegal structures and constructions.
Leonardia said they have submitted the reports of the barangays to the Department of Interior and Local Government and will remind the 13 barangays that have not yet submitted their reports to comply. There will disciplinary consequences if they will not follow the directive.
Liga ng Barangay president and Councilor Lady Gles Pallen said that the 13 barangays are still conducting clearing operations and have not yet forwarded their reports. They are being closely monitored by executive assistant Butch Soliguen.
Soliguen said the implementation of clearing operations in the barangays is about 30 percent complete.
Pallen said they will send out notices to the 13 barangays asking them to comply.
There are total of 3,761 illegal structures in the 48 barangays of Bacolod City based on an inventory of the city, while about 66 structures have already been vacated.
Pallen said the number will increase once all the barangays have submitted their reports.
Leonardia said even owners of furniture shops along Lopez Jaena Street in Brgy. 27 voluntarily demolished portions of their structures that occupy public roads. The City Engineer’s Office will cement sections of the road that have been vacated by illegal structures.
“This is all about clearing our streets and we believe this is a kind of traffic revolution that, hopefully, will end with the betterment of Bacolod City. So we are asking for the cooperation of everyone,” he said.
Bacolod Traffic Authority head Police Supt. Luisito Acebuche said they have also removed all obstructions like canopy shades or tents along the roads in the Banago area.
Leonardia said that he, together with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, had also met with representatives of Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Bacolod City Water District and telecommunication companies to clear the roads of electrical posts and other obstructions.
ORDER AND TRAFFIC, TOO
All these are meant to put order in Bacolod and improve traffic. This can also be considered part of the beautification and cleanliness program of the city, and all these are happening because of the support of the barangay officials, market vendors and the public, he said.
Meanwhile, the road clearing operation in Amelia-Mercedes Streets along Libertad Market in Bacolod City will start tomorrow until Friday.
Leonardia assured the vendors during a dialog yesterday that they could continue doing business to support their families and also reminded them to maintain cleanliness and order inside the market area.
The mayor thanked the vendors of the Burgos Market, who have voluntarily demolished their structures surrounding the market and have transferred inside the facility, for their cooperation.
PATRONIZE PUBLIC MARKETS
Leonardia is requesting the public to patronize the public markets in the city especially in this transition period.
Allyn Luv Dignadice, Concurrent Market Supervisor IV, said they will be opening the Annex building in Libertad Market to clear Amelia and Mercedes streets of vendors. They will also divide the Annex Building into different sections.
Leonardia said they assured the vendors that they will install additional facilities like pulleys to help them bring their goods to the second floor and for the possible installation of elevators or escalators.
Executive assistant Ernesto Pineda, Cluster head on Markets, said there were about 235 vendors in the Libertad Market but the number has grown to 385. The 235 vendors included in their inventory will be given first priority to occupy stalls at the Annex Building of the Libertad Market.
Dignadice, on the other hand, said the 95 fish and vegetable vendors along Ballesteros Street have been accommodated inside the Central Market. They are now occupying stalls at the fish and meat sections of the market.
They will clear obstructions inside the market for easy access, she said.
Leonardia has requested Police Colonel Henry Biñas, Bacolod Police director, to deploy policemen in the markets.
Dignadice said there are plans to revive the Vendor’s Plaza to accommodate the about 400 sidewalk vendors in the downtown area. They will hold a dialog with them on August 27, while the Vendors Plaza will be cleared on August 19.
NIGHT MARKET STUDIED
Leonardia said they will also study the possibility of putting up a night market in the city. The Sangguniang will also revisit existing ordinances involving the markets to put them in tune with the spirit of the Presidential directive.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the city government has received criticisms amid the road clearing measures, especially in social media.
But this action must be taken in line with a memorandum from the Department of Interior and Local Government and President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive, he said.
Familiaran said the main priority is to help the vendors earn and survive.*
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