City eyes PPP for sidewalk vendors

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THE NEW relocation site of the sidewalk vendors in J.M. Basa Street, City Proper, Iloilo City. — BW/ERSANTIAGUDO

THE CITY government is preparing long-term development plans for sidewalk vendors who recently got evicted from the metro, according to Jeck C. Conlu, who heads the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office.

The local government will seek partners under the Public-Private Partnership program for the development of a relocation site along JM Basa Street where the vendors have been transferred, he said.

“There are a lot of private individuals and other entities that want to help,” Mr. Conlu said. “We are just finalizing the arrangements.”

The city is planning to develop the area into a souvenir site and make it part of tourists’ itinerary, he said.

The 2,700-square-meter property can only fit about 250 vendors who have drawn lots to occupy a space. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo