The Bacolod City government yesterday ordered vendors on roads in the south and north side of the Capitol Lagoon Park to leave the area.
City Legal Office Enforcement Unit head Cesar Beloria Jr. said the clearing of the vendors on the south side who had built semi-permanent structures was done following complaints from the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Inc. and private citizens.
The six vendors on the south side who were given notices earlier left the area peacefully.
Vendors on the north side, many of them selling goods on movable carts, were also ordered to leave the area, Beloria said.
Beloria said they have so far removed more than 100 illegal structures on the sidewalks of Bacolod.
The city government is working on livelihood options for those affected, Beloria said.
Zenelaida Bayadog, 64, who has been vending in the Lagoon area since 1983, yesterday said she is worried that with the removal of her vending area she will not be able to pay an Indian money lender to whom she owes P5,000.
She borrowed the money to finance her small business.
“We would not have to borrow from money lenders if only the government would help us,” she said.
She said the affected vendors are appealing to the governor to allow them to sell their goods in the Capitol Lagoon Park.*CPG