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Latest News Philippines: Malapitan orders strict implementation of sidewalk policy – Journal.com.ph:
Caloocan City Mayor Oca Malapitan yesterday warned vendors selling in the streets to strictly follow the sidewalk policy, or the 450-meter-long orange lane, along Rizal Avenue Extension near the LRT station in Monumento or else they will be removed from the place.
Malapitan explained the experimental orange-painted line separates the street vendors from the pedestrians and their personnel will not hesitate to confiscate stalls from its owners who defy the sidewalk policy.
He said vendors are allowed to occupy only one-third of the sidewalks while the two-thirds should be used by the pedestrians.
Even the ambulant vendors are not allowed in the main roads since these will only cause more traffic on the highways.
The mayor issued the order following complaints of some pedestrians that they could no longer pass by the sidewalks as vendors are clogging the walkway.
“Among the main causes of traffic jams in the area are undisciplined sidewalk vendors and commuters which we hope to address by our orange lane program. This will be strictly implemented by the Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management which regulates also the vending time of the street peddlers,” Malapitan said.
Sidewalk vendors will be allowed to sell their wares from 4 p.m. to 5 a.m. only.
Malapitan cited the segregation of sidewalks along the former Grand Central Shopping Mall where the inner lane is intended for pedestrians’ use while the outer lane along the northbound sidewalk can be used by street vendors.
The scheme is part of the local government’s “Oplan Clean Agad” aimed at clearing the sidewalks and streets of obstructions.
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