QC eyes ‘food parks’ for city’s illegal vendors

MANILAThe Quezon City government plans to legitimize the livelihood of illegal vendors by putting up food parks that have become popular in the city and other areas in Metro Manila, an official said Tuesday.

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said providing a specific place where sidewalk vendors could legally sell their goods would alleviate the recurring problem of illegal vending.

I want to make a program where we can 'level up' what they're selling. Those selling street foods, for example, maybe we can put up food parks for them, Belmonte said in an interview.

She said foods parks have become a popular dining craze in the city and they can be likened to food courts in malls, with different stalls that sell a variety and often unique food choices.

Belmonte cited as examples the well-known food parks along Maginhawa St. in UP Village, The Yard in Xavierville Ave., the Box Park in Tandang Sora, and the Pazar Food Park in North Fairview, which continue to draw many foodies.

Most of food and beverage stores at food parks are usually small, start-up enterprises. So following this concept, we can try this in helping the sidewalk vendors, she said.

The local official said that through a comprehensive food park program, illegal vendors could be given sufficient assistance and training in business development and management, just like the popular street food hubs in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

We can identify places where lahat ng nagbebenta diyan (all those selling there), whether street foods, etc., may (have) certificate of sanitation, na puede sila puntahan ng turista (that tourists can visit them), she said.

Belmonte said the program would hit two birds with one stonereduce traffic congestion and provide illegal vendors a better means of livelihood. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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