The residents are given seven days to adhere to the notice and self-demolish or face mandatory demolition of the encroachments by the city government.
City Mayor Joy Belmonte directed the personnel of the Task Force 60 Days to oversee the local government’s “Bayanihan sa Lansangan” campaign that aims to remove all road obstructions and reclaim all public roads while giving the residents due process.
“We are giving them some more time to begin the effort of moving their own properties backward to clear the sidewalk,” Belmonte said.
The city chief executive also stressed that the operation is implemented equally, giving the rich and the poor the same treatment. “Nobody is above the law. Even cement structures or houses, as long as they are encroachments, will be dealt with legally as per legal requirements.”
In his report to the Office of the Mayor, head of the Department of Public Order and Safety Retired Brigadier General Elmo said as of August 30, the task force has already conducted clearing operations in major thoroughfares and main roads with almost 800 obstructions removed from sidewalks.
Affordable Stalls for Registered Vendors
On Saturday morning, Belmonte personally visited Brgy. Culiat to check the registration of market vendors. Through the registration, vendors displaced by the clearing operations will be legally entitled to operate and can avail of the affordable stalls currently being worked out by the local government.
It is the city’s initiative to help vendors regain their livelihood that was affected by the clearing operations. Belmonte also promised to look for a permanent spot where they can continue earning a living.
“Layunin ng hakbang na ito na protektahan sila mula sa mga masasamang elemento gaya ng mga sindikato at protektor na humihingi ng bayad at pinagtitinda sila na walang pahintulot ng lokal na pamahalaan.”
Sa pamamagitan ng tamang pagrehistro ay makasisiguro sila na legal ang proseso at mabibigyan sila ng legal vending sites. Matatanggal din ang pangamba na sila ay mapapaalis anumang oras. Sa pamamagitan nito’y ibinabalik natin ang dignidad sa kanilang hanapbuhay,” Belmonte said.
PR, September 01, 2019