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MAYOR BENG CLIMACO has expressed full support to a proposal allowing market vendors to sell at night, especially those who are affected by the anti-road obstruction campaign launched by the local government in response to President Duterte’s order.

She said Councilman Cesar Jimenez Sr. has authored the proposed ordinance that seeks to establish a night market at the old market area. “It is really my desire to have a night market for those who will be affected by the clearing operations so that they can make out a living by night. We do not want to displace our vendors,” Climaco said at a television program.

A scene from outside the Zamboanga City Public Market. (Zamboanga Post)

Climaco said the local government and the police are strictly enforcing city ordinances and to instil order and discipline to all. “We want to give a space like night market. And in the absence of an ordinance yet, we are asking for the vendors and the public’s cooperation to instil order in the market,” she said.

Davao City, Duterte’s hometown, also has a night market and is popular among the locals and tourists alike because of its variety of food stalls and fruits and vegetables being sold at cheap prices. It also has masseurs and stalls for various home products.

Climaco said the local government of Zamboanga has been very supportive with Duterte’s orders from the campaign against illegal drugs to anti-smuggling drive and now the operation on anti-road obstruction in an effort to clear the roads from illegal structures, among others.

Her campaign against road obstruction came out long before Duterte’s order, but nonetheless, she expressed full support to the President’s plans and programs and reiterated her strong backing to national policies and programs. She has ordered authorities and the local traffic enforcers to strictly enforce discipline on the roads and to clear the streets of any obstruction that hinders the flow of traffic.

City Administrator Apple Go also met with police and barangay officials and discussed how to effectively implement the campaign. Go also sought the assistance of Colonel Joseph Martir, the city police chief, in clearing public areas, especially in downtown Zamboanga, of illegally parked vehicles and other obstructions such as illegally-constructed stalls on roadsides and path walks.

She said police station commanders will lead the daily operations in their area and to come up with measures to prevent and control the proliferation of illegal vendors on sidewalks, private use of public spaces and other public regulations or ordinances to maintain peace and order here.

Climaco urged motorists and residents to help in the campaign and make Zamboanga even more beautiful and peaceful place to live in. (Zamboanga Post)


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