Isko Moreno shuts down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to massive littering

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019   •   1734

Photo courtesy of Manila PIO

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has shut down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to the amount of garbage found in the area during a surprise inspection on Monday (November 11).

Vendors will no longer be allowed to set up stalls along Ylaya Street in Divisoria.

Moreno also expressed his dismay over the negligence of the vendors in managing their waste.

“Hindi ba kayo nahihiya diyan o talagang baboy din kayo sa bahay? Kailangan ko pa kayo sorpresahin? Pinaghahanapbuhay ko na nga kayo, (Are you not ashamed or are you just as filthy in your own home? Do I still need to surprise you? I already allowed you to set up your livelihood here)” he said.

“Kung ganiyan lang din naman ang iiwan sa atin araw-araw, tigil na silang lahat, (If they will leave [these garbage] everyday, all [the vendors] should just stop)” he added.

The Manila mayor also directed all police stations in the area to monitor the streets of Divisoria to make sure no vendors will return especially in Ylaya street.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Fish vendors urged not to hike prices amid reported shortage of tilapia, bangus from Laguna and Batangas

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Wednesday, January 15, called on fish dealers not to take advantage of the reported shortage of bangus and tilapia fishes from Laguna and Batangas amid the Taal Volcano unrest.

In a radio interview, Domagoso advised fish vendors to refrain from jacking up their prices, and to accept supplies coming from other sources other than their usual dealer or “suki”.

“We already gave a directive sa aming market administrator, sa aming 17 markets namin na tanggapin lahat ng uri ng supply galing sa north kasi meron palang suki-suki, eh kapag nawala yung suking supply, hindi sila kukuha,” he said.

Mayor Isko said additional supplies would be coming in from Central Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region to meet the city’s demand for fish products, as assured by the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

“So kapag hindi sila kumuha, magkakaroon ng shortage, eh meron naman palang enough na supply, pero sa ibang lugar nanggaling. Kaya wala silang dahilan para magtaas ng presyo,” he said.

Manila Mayor Isko to impose ‘zero vendor’ policy along Traslacion 2020 route

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso will ban vendors from selling their wares along the route of this year’s Traslacion.

“Walang vendor sa buong Quiapo, zero. Lahat ng dadaanan ng traslacion, walang uri ng obstruction,” Domagoso said in a press briefing held ahead of the annual event being observed by the Catholic community on January 9.

Mayor Isko said banning vendors from the procession’s route from Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church will ensure the safety of devotees who usually flock to the event barefooted.

The move is also expected to reduce the trash in the Traslacion’s venue.

Domagoso also said that parking of any type of vehicle as well as ambulances, police mobile and fire trucks along the procession route will not be allowed during the event.

“Kapag iniwan nyo sasakyan nyo, motorsiklo nyo, you will be considered as a donor of the city of Manila,” he said.

“Kailangan ko po ang pakikiisa nyo para sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” he added.

The city government will also implement a truck ban in Manila from January 7 to 9 in view of the event which is expected to draw a large volume of Catholic devotees.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier said it will deploy 11,000 personnel to secure the event. A new security protocol will also be implemented to make the procession quicker, safer and more orderly. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)

20, including Chinese nationals, nabbed for selling produce in Divisoria sans permit

Robie de Guzman   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said it has arrested 20 individuals, including Chinese nationals, after they were allegedly caught selling produce in Divisoria without proper immigration visas or permits.

The BI said 17 Chinese nationals and three others who showed documents stating they are Filipinos were nabbed in a raid on Sto. Cristo Street in Divisoria, Manila on Monday afternoon.

The bureau said the operation stemmed from a complaint from local vendors in the area.

“We were initially targeting one individual but upon arriving at the scene, we saw 20 foreign nationals selling garlic, onions, and other produce,” said BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr.

“They were selling on the sidewalks, out in the open. They most likely do not have permits for their stores, nor are paying proper taxes,” he added.

Information from the immigration bureau said among those arrested were six females and 14 males.

The Chinese nationals were brought to the BI Detention Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig pending deportation proceedings. The remaining three Filipinos were released.

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