By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has vowed to provide livelihood to illegal vendors who will be displaced by the city’s clearing operations on public properties.
She gave this assurance after vendors pleaded with the city government to help resolve their income loss should the city government push through with the clearing operations.
Despite her fiery demeanor in strictly imposing lawful regulations, Belmonte showed a soft spot for the poor, insisting there should be a sense of balance in enforcing the law and caring for the city’s impoverished sector.
Belmonte said the city government will temporarily shoulder the rental fees of the displaced vendors in the city-run public markets.
But once the vendors earn decently, Belmonte said they will have to pay for the rental fees of their stalls in the said public markets.
As embedded in her campaign promise, Belmonte has reiterated her administration will continue to provide appropriate livelihood and other needed assistance to the poor to make their lives more comfortable.
In Monday’s meeting with the city’s 142 barangays, Belmonte has vowed to come up with a “win-win” situation between motorists and street vendors with regards to the city’s clearing operation of public properties.
She issued the statement after complaints of vendors removed along NIA Road returning to their vending places on public lots.
“The problem is they are unsightly. They’re an eyesore,” Belmonte said.
To recall Interior Secretary Eduardo Año ordered Metro Manila mayors to clear their streets of obstructions within 60 days starting July 29.
Año issued the order on the instruction of President Duterte during the State-of-The-Nation Address (SONA) to clear public lots from all obstructions tasking the DILG to penalize non-complying mayors.
Showing full support for the President, Belmonte assured that she would allow the national government and other agencies to implement lawful programs in Quezon City.