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Labella asked to consider 3 proposals to help vendors

Vendors advocate Edward Ligas has asked Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella to consider his three proposals in helping members of Cebu City United Vendors Association (CCUVA) who were being notified for demolition by the PROBE Team.

Ligas said the CCUVA vendors were told by PROBE Team Head Racquel Arce that the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) requested the Cebu City Government to demolish the vendors who are making livelihood within the sidewalk of B. Rodriguez Street, Cebu City beside the hospital because of a coming building construction.

The list of the three proposals was submitted by Ligas to Labella last February 22, 2021 through Cebu City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. and Atty. Joey Daluz, the consultant of the mayor.

Ligas said Casas and Daluz were receptive to his proposals as the two are also helping the vendors at Carbon Public Market who will be affected by the impending modernization by Megawide Construction Corporation.

Ligas told Cebu Business Week that after 29 years of making a living at B. Rodriguez Street, Cebu City in front of VSMMC, the 21 CCUVA vendors are willing to vacate the place in three months even if the Local Government Unit (LGU) will not provide them a relocation site.

The three proposals of Ligas include the vendors’ request for three months extension of their stay, a relocation site, or a financial assistance.

Ligas said that he was informed that of the three proposals, the financial assistance was possible to start a new livelihood.

Ligas was an advocate of urban poor and vendors in the past years and he is coming back to help the less fortunate people in the society. ELIAS O. BAQUERO