BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – City Hall has yet to implement the ordinance regulating ambulant vending here months after it was signed by sitting Mayor Albee Benitez.
City Hall officer Rey Demisana told DNX the Legal Enforcement Team has yet to implement the ambulant vending ordinance signed into law by Benitez on 9 November 2022.
Demisana, who hesds the Enforcement Team, told DNX what they are currently doing is to monitor areas where the vendors usually flock to make sure they are not blocking roads.
He said they only talk to vendors if they see violatiins, remindung them not to block traffic.
Demisana addes they also want to recommend to the city council additional vending spaces.
Demisana added it is usually at night when the vendors display their foodcarts on the roadside.
He clarified that as soon as the monitoring is done, they will then start enforcing the ordinance.
As to the target time, Demisana said they cannot tell when.
The following are the designated areas and allowed hours for ambulant vendors based on City Ordinance 1009 authored by Councilor Celia Flor.
From Gallardo St. cor La Salle Avenue up to University of St. La Salle Gate 1 – 8am to 8pm, along North Capitol Road up to corner of Aguinaldo St.- 6pm to 10pm
Designated area along Gatuslao St. (Bounded by Jolibee Luzuriaga and cor Ballesteros) – 8am to 8pm, designated area along Gonzaga St. (Bounded by Amar Plaza and Chinky’s) 8am to 8pm and another designated area along Luzuriaga St. (Bounded by PNB and Greenwich) – 8am to 8pm
Vendors can sell inside the Bacolod City Public Plaza from 8am to 6pm and along Bonifacio St. from 4pm to 10pm while 8am to 9pm on the south side of Ballesteros Street.