By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer
AMBULANT vendors around Cogon public market in Cagayan de Oro City are protesting a new Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) policy that cuts short their time to display their merchandise in the area.
Representing a group of sidewalk vendors, Ben Teleron, said the RTA has imposed a 8 p.m. start of their vending time along the city’s biggest public market.
The group said the designated time is beyond normal peak hours of customers. They demanded that the RTA should revert back to the usual 4pm to 5am vending time.
The vendors are occupying the four streets surrounding Cogon area: Yacapin, JR Borja, Vicente Roa and Osmeña streets. They also occupy both ends of the two-block Guillermo and Daomar streets.
Teleron said that 4- 8pm is the usual peak hours for them and that altering the same with the new policy would kill their means of livelihood.
He said their income has tremendously decreased since the new policy was implemented by RTA two weeks ago.
“We cannot tend to our families any longer,” Teleron said.
Teleron also denied that the vendors are blocking the flow of vehicles during rush hour between 4 to 8pm.
“Naa ra man mi two meters from the gutter. Dili man gapangagi ang mga jeep diha. Kung balay pa ang dalan, naa ra mi sa balcony. Wala g’yud mi sulod sa dalan mismo,” he added.
Teleron is hoping that the city government would reconsider its new policy.
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