Following his surprise inspection around Cogon Market last weekend wherein he observed sidewalk vendors already occupying almost the entire road despite his plea for them not to cause traffic, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Rolando “Klarex” Uy has decided not to allow them to ply their trade along JR Borja Street and Extension. He made the announcement during last Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at City Hall.

Mayor Klarex however stated he would help the vendors find a place at the market.

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Photos below show Mayor Klarex during his surprise inspection last Saturday, November 5 at Cogon area and found ala carte vendors already occupying all roads around the market. Traffic congestion is expected in the coming weeks due to the Christmas season.

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Mayor Klarex initially just wanted to place demarcation lines where vendors can only sell their goods but this totally changed after his surprise inspection.

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Watch his announcement below.

Meanwhile, a coordination meeting was held involving concerned city hall departments and units and concerned barangay chairmen in the Cogon area to ensure the orderly implementation of policies and regulations to prevent traffic congestion. Among the policies and regulations to be implemented include:

  • No sidewalk vendors are allowed to sell on JR Borja, Captain Vicente Roa and Yacapin streets so as to prevent traffic congestion.
  • Sidewalk vendors are only allowed to sell their products from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am.
  • Sidewalk vendors are required to clean and collect their garbage. Each of them must have their own container, such as sacks, for trash.
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Further, vendors found to violate the abovementioned policies and regulations will be fined and issued with Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR).

all photos by CIO

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