Cebu City mayor bares plan to allow pedestrians, vendors equal use of sidewalks

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Cebu City (CNN Philippines, October 8) — The mayor of Cebu City said he would figure out a way to allow pedestrians and vendors to use sidewalks together peacefully.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Cebu mayor Edgar Labella said he would allow vendors to ply their wares on sidewalks after he finalizes the plan. He said the city government will regulate the presence of vendors on sidewalks, instead of totally banning it.

The local government of Cebu City has been clearing the streets of the city in compliance with the a memorandum from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Vendors could no longer be found on the sidewalks of Colon street and Osmeña Boulevard, where vendors regularly do business.

After they were disallowed on the sidewalks, vendors visited Labella in his office for a dialogue.

Asked if allowing vendors on sidewalks would run counter to the DILG memo, Labella said it would not, as he plans to limit the space that vendors can occupy on the sidewalks.

Labella said President Rodrigo Duterte's orders were to clear the streets of obstructions, saying there would be a way to allow vendors to do business without obstructing areas designated for pedestrians. He did not, however, elaborate on the details of his plans.

Labella said his policy would be "political will tempered with mercy and compassion."

The Department of the Interior and Local Government in Region VII is still consolidating their assessment of how well cities in Metro Cebu complied with the president's order.