Illegal vendors swept out of Santa Cruz

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DIFFERENT BLUMENTRITT Residents could hardly recognize Blumentritt Street in Santa Cruz, Manila after illegal vendors, illegal structures, garbage and carts that impede the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic were removed.

DIFFERENT BLUMENTRITT Residents could hardly recognize Blumentritt Street in Santa Cruz, Manila after illegal vendors, illegal structures, garbage and carts that impede the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic were removed.

After clearing streets and sidewalks in Divisoria, Pedro Gil and Blumentritt, the Manila Task Force Cleanup removed 150 illegal vendors along Rizal Avenue in Santa Cruz district on Thursday.

The operation was pursuant to the order of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to clean up city streets for a smooth flow of vehicular traffic and pedestrians.

Rafael “Che” Borromeo, Task Force head, led in clearing Rizal Avenue from the corner of Carriedo to Ronquillo Streets with the assistance of the Manila Police Station 3, Department of Public Services, Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau, and the Manila Fire Department.

Early this week, Estrada himself supervised the clearing of Divisoria and Blumentritt, resulting in marked improvement in traffic flow in these commercial areas.


Borromeo reminded other vendors along Carriedo Street to observe city regulations and not to extend their stalls into the street or they will be charged with obstruction.

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5 Comments

  1. Wish that the entire Metro Manila will be cleaned-up including desilting of all rivers and removal of squatters along riverbanks just like the project of Pres. Marcos kaya nawala ang mga grabeng baha at luminis mga ilog noong panahon nya.

  2. This should be done everywhere and not just in traffic-prone areas of the city. Previous administration has done nothing in de-congesting roadways and the result is a country with road infrastructures choked with obstructions and dangers to motorists and pedestrians alike. The local government needs to follow up on their ordinances just like in any other developed countries, a law is a law and there is no exception to the rule.

  3. Ningas-kugon.

    Pakitang-gilas.

    Pasunod sa uso.

    Pakikisama.

    Kaya nyo, kaya namin!

    Hindi pahuhuli ang Maynila.

    Walang kama-kamag-anak.

    Walang kai-kaibigan.

    Bongga kami.

    Ano pa kaya ang puwedeng ipatungkol sa city hall bukas? Kasi bukas, bukas na naman sa vendor yang mga kalsada na yan. Napanuod na namin ang drives na ito. Ilang beses na.

  4. Abel Labarda on

    Illegal vendors thrive because the Police, Barangay and City Hall people demand and make lots of money from them. If the Mayors are corrupt or perceived corrupt ( meron bang hindi?) so goes the underlings. Pres. Digong is a game changer and not corrupt, that’s why these Mayors are “shamed” to clean their cities which they never did in distant and recent memory.

  5. Can the city continue the drive against street vendors ? I have seen this scenario many times specially in Baclaran. I have seen first hand how vendors gives lagay to the clearing police. The mentality of the vendors is the city is putting them out of work. What I say is do the job the right way. In the right place. The streets are overcrowded by vendors. I notice that that is where they reside at night, urinate and put their wastes in the streets. Is that the right way in running the city ?