After clearing Divisoria, Sta. Cruz and Blumentritt districts of street hawkers and illegal stall, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada now trains his guns on the city’s electronics center: Raon.
The mayor on Friday warned illegal vendors to dismantle their stalls and other structures that occupy sidewalks and road space in Raon St in Quiapo. Although it has been renamed Gonzalo Puyat St., residents and those who love to shop in Quiapo still called the street by its old name.
Raon is known for its stores selling electric supplies and electronics such as audio equipment systems, tools, hardware, and even computers, parts, and accessories.
“For humanitarian considerations, I’m asking the illegal vendors in Raon to please leave and remove their structures. We’re giving you enough time,” Estrada said. “If we swoop down there and you are still there, we will forcibly evict you,” he added.
Estrada said he wants road clearing operations to be peaceful and orderly.
“Try going to Raon and you’ll find how chaotic the street is. Sidewalks are occupied by illegal vendors and their stalls, forcing people to walk in the street. There are many illegally parked vehicles, eyesores are everywhere,” the mayor said.
He added that “more progress will come if we put order in our streets.”
The city government has mounted road clearing operations in main thoroughfares in a bid to bring Manila’s “beauty and old glory.”
On Wednesday, Task Force Manila Cleanup cleared Juan Luna and Santa Elena streets in Binondo which led to the discovery of a suspected drug den under the Muello De Binondo bridge.