Sidewalk vendors in Talisay moved backwards to give way to pedestrians

SOME vendors have been moved back 1.5 meters from the sidewalk along the stretch of barangays Tabunok and Bulacao on Tuesday, December 6, to give more space to pedestrians and to ease the traffic congestion in the area.

Around 50 vendors would be affected by the order of the City Government which is in preparation for the influx of passengers this holiday season.

Jonathan Tumulak, chief of City of Talisay-Traffic Operations and Development Authority (CT-Toda), said people had to walk along the roadside as they could no longer use the sidewalk, which is being occupied by vendors and other structures.

Tumulak said the move would also give vehicles more space as passengers would no longer gather in the streets while waiting for a ride.

The CT-Toda had earlier organized a meeting with Bulacao Barangay Captain Banjo Abastillas and Tabunok Barangay Captain Benjie Cabigas, as well as the police to talk about the implementation of the order.

But Tumulak said they first informed the vendors about the order of Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas before they transferred them.

The vendors, however, posed no objection to the order.

Abastillas and Cabigas believe that the sidewalk vendors would grow in number as they did not able to display their wares in the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Previously, the sidewalk vendors had already vacated the area after being told by the City Government but some of them came back later. (BBT, TPT)