City deals with vendors to ease Carbon roads

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FOR vehicles to have easier access and to widen the road leading to Carbon area, the Cebu City Government organized some 400 regulated vendors.

This, after the City received complaints that some vendors’ extended structures obstruct the streets in Carbon.

The vendors are occupying the streets of Escaño, Calderon, M.C Briones, Plaridel, Manalili and F. Gonzales, among others that surround Carbon Public Market.


Lighter flow of traffic has been observed in the area now following the clearing of El Filibusterismo St., near the fire-gutted Warwick Barracks.

The vendors has been selling all sorts of goods, vegetables and fruits in the streets of Carbon from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Market Administrator Raquel Arce said they are the City’s regulated vendors, which are allowed to sell along the sidewalks since they are not occupying any stalls.

They are allowed to sell within that span of time when most establishments in the Carbon complex are closed.

Arce said that since Tuesday night, they have been telling the vendors to occupy only half of the road.

“They are not allowed to extend their structures so they will not occupy a big part of the road to maintain the normal flow of traffic in the area,” she said.


Arce, along with City Administrator Lucelle Mercado and some City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) personnel, conducted an inspection last Tuesday night.

Mercado told the vendors of the City’s new policy on road space so vendors can comply with it.

Since Tuesday, Citom personnel were deployed in the streets of Carbon to man the flow of traffic in the area and to check if vendors had complied with the policy.

Mercado said the City needs to provide spaces for vehicles in Carbon since they have observed that many have been visiting the place after the City’s effort to improve the market’s image.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 10, 2014.

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