Isko on clearing Manila’s streets: ‘I think we can sustain it’


Posted at Jul 09 2019 09:06 PM

MANILA—Efforts to clear Manila’s streets of illegal vendors can be sustained, Mayor Isko Moreno said on Tuesday.

"Dati mukhang imposible na malinis ang mga kalye, then it was made possible by everybody’s effort. I think we can sustain it. Wag mo lang tanggapan ’yan," Moreno said in an interview on ANC's "Headstart."

" ’Yung ginagawa ko, normal na trabaho lang ng mayor, day to day. Hindi ito mangyayari without our employees."

Moreno alleged there have been attempts to bribe him, in the hopes he would be lenient enforcing his program.

"Siguro naman panahon na para ibalik natin sa taongbayan ’yung kalsada," he said.

Vendors are still allowed to sell their wares, "but with tolerance and guidance of the city hall."

The guidance should come from city hall, and not from the organizers as that is where corruption starts, he said.

They can sell in perpendicular lanes in the fishbone of Manila like in Ylaya, Tabora, Carmen Planas, Sto. Cristo, Hidalgo, and side streets of Plaza Miranda.
"Lahat ng perpendicular may tinda pero meron pa rin akong rule na magbigay ng isang lane, ’yung gitna," he said.

A hawker’s fee of P20 for one shift or P40 for the whole day would be collected from them and would go to city coffers.

Moreno said there are about 20,000 to 25,000 vendors in the city.