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[Press Release] 21 veggie vendors arrested for trying to make a living amidst lockdown -SANLAKAS

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Twenty-one ambulant vegetable vendors were arrested by the Quezon City police yesterday afternoon in along the Elliptical Road and are presently detained at the QCPD Station 9 in Anonas. Old Capital Site Barangay Captain Rodelio Cabigas ordered the arrests for violating quarantine protocols.

The vendors claim that they were only forced to sell their wares for fear of going hungry as the government contemplates extending the lockdown for another fifteen to twenty days, as revealed by National Action Plan chief implementer, Carlito Galvez.

Many of them claim that they were promised food and financial assistance by the local government but none has arrived.

“Unless this government finds a speedy way of delivering its promise of support to the people, the struggling poor will continue to find ways to survive on their own,” said Flora Santos-Assidao, leader of a progressive group Sanlakas.

She adds that these people believe that they are more likely to die of hunger than to be infected by the COVID virus.

The Metro Manila Vendors Alliance appealed to the QC police and the local government for the immediate release of the vendors.

“If the law enforcement agencies can extend compassion for the likes of Senator Koko Pimentel, why not provide the same treatment for those in the fringes of society,” they reasoned.###

Contact person: Flora Santos-Assidao: 0908 4288185

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[Press Release] On Government’s APEC Preps, Governments cautioned into violating vendors’ rights -MMVA

On Government’s APEC Preps
National and Local Governments cautioned into violating vendors’ rights

A COALITION of ambulant vendors associations raised the alarm after it monitored moves by local government units in the metro to ban all street merchants from making a living on November 17 to 20 due to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

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The Metro Manila Vendors Alliance (MMVA) claimed that orders have been issued by city governments declaring that all vendors shall be banned from vending their wares for the entirety of the 3-day Manila leg of the APEC.

“We worry that the Aquino government will impose extra measures with total disregard for the civil and economic rights protecting the welfare and livelihoods of street vendors just to save its face from humiliation from its foreign guests,” said Flor Santos, coordinator of the MMVA

“Street vendors live by a hand-to-mouth existence. To deny them their daily earnings for three entire days without any alternative livelihood or government stipend is going to kill their families in a slow and painful manner,” she added.

Violence has erupted in the past when demolition teams of the city government dismantled stalls outside to the Cebu South Bus terminal during the height of the APEC committee meetings there last August.

Also, the Paranaque City government has been reported last month to have ordered the removal of all itinerant vendors along with an expanded truck ban in anticipation of the APEC.

In Manila, ambulant vendors claimed that they were told by local authorities that vending is banned even in areas that were remote from the routes and venues of the APEC conference.

In addition, the vendors associations reported that they were also warned than any breach would lead to the dismantling of stalls or confiscation of their carts and merchandise.

“As the APEC preaches to address inclusive growth, to the lowly vendors, these cruel measures are living proof that they contradict their own declarations. The three-day vending ban only exacerbates the poverty they intend to eradicate,” she pronounced.

Santos declared that they are committed to protecting the rights and welfare of the vendors. “Let this serve as a warning to all notorious agencies such as the Interior and Social Welfare departments, the police, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the local mayors who threaten to impede the rights of vendors to the means of subsistence.

Meanwhile partylist coalition Sanlakas lawyer Aaron Pedrosa said that government officials enforcing such measures maybe held administratively, civilly and criminally liable for the obstruction of the right to livelihood of the street vendors under the Civil Code.

Pedrosa also reminded officials that the Philippines is a signatory to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which stipulates that “right of everyone to the opportunity to gain his living by work which he freely chooses or accepts, and will take appropriate steps to safeguard this right”.

“The Aquino government use of Draconian measures to please foreign dignitaries at the expense of its own citizens shows his undeniable subservience to the interests of the multinational companies of which the APEC dignitaries represent”, he deduced.

Both the MMVA and Sanlakas asserted that the right to gain a decent and dignified living must be encouraged and not prohibited most specially by the Aquino administration that in the first place implemented neo-liberal policies that led to massive lay-offs and the consequential sharp rise of the informal sector.

The MMVA was established in 2002 during the height of former MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando’s use of heavy-handed tactics against street vendors and is also an affiliate of Sanlakas partylist.

Joint Press Release

10 October 2015

Reference:
Flor Santos 09164815685
MMVA, Coordinator
Atty. Aaron Pedrosa 0927-5924830
Sanlakas, Secretary-General

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[Appeal] Justice and Dignity for small vendors of Warwick Barracks -Kilusan

Appeal to our comrades, friends, network:

We call on to you to support the campaign for the small vendors of Warwick Barracks (Carbon Market) which we call the Advocates for Justice and Dignity for small vendors of Warwick Barracks Just.. It has been 10 days since they were unjustly and inappropriately driven away from the temporary relocation site in Block 27, NRA (August 22 Clearing Operations in Block 27). They stayed along the road of Block 27 for 2 nights in tents and transferred in Talisay City seeking refuge and in Budlaan (a far-flung community in Talamban) separately. They stayed in those mentioned places in open tents.

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We had exhausted all means of lobbying and engagements with the local government through the legislative interventions to address their case in the most diplomatic way. Of course, it is not surprising that the LGU under the Rama administration never heeded their plea, worst it reverse all results of the democratic process, such showed bullying and dictatorial waged against its own constituents.

How else shall we achieve justice an dignity for our brethren? As national democratic forces, we resort to using the parliamentary in the streets as one way we can be heard. Never can we allow such demeaning, undemocratic and spoiled conduct unbecoming of a public servant! Therefore, we are holding a month-long protest. Let us hold arms against a society unmindful of the plight of the poor, of a society throwing its own productive engines in the name of profit and pretentious development disguised under policies of Private and Public Partnership.

MAKE THE RAMA ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE OF SUCH UNDEMOCRATIC AND ANTI-POOR DEVELOPMENT TRACK

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