MANILA — At 5:00 a.m. on Friday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel conducted a massive clearing operation along the service road of Roxas Boulevard and Baclaran Market in Parañaque City.
They removed all road obstructions such as garbage and illegally parked vehicles.
MMDA personnel also accosted jaywalkers. They also issued violation tickets to buses and jeepneys for loading and unloading passengers on prohibited areas.
After the operation, the formerly congested and unorganized wet market has vastly improved.
The four-lane service road has become wider. A pedestrian lane has also been opened in Baclaran.
“We will really fix this. There will be no terminals, only loading and unloading areas. What we will do is a long term solution. We will not demolish the vendors, because they will just return. We’d rather fix this slowly,” said MMDA general manager and OIC, Thomas “Tim” Orbos.
The MMDA said, vendors in Baclaran were with them during their operation.
The agency’s partners in the clearing operation were the police and several barangay officials.
The MMDA also plans to set up an outpost in Baclaran for its personnel who will ensure maintenance of order and discipline in the area.
They are also studying whether to transfer the vendors to HK Sun Plaza in Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City.
The vendors however, oppose such a plan.
“Most of the buyers are here. Like now, we are not able to sell. It affects our families and our children,” said vendor, Jocelyn Pabillaran.
The MMDA meanwhile vows to consider all ways to ensure that the illegal vendors can sell again at the previous area they were occupying. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
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