Task force to evict illegal vendors in Iloilo City

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Iloilo City is cracking down on illegal vendors with a task force initially targeting the plaza in the city’s Jaro district.

The city’s Task Force on Anti Squatting and Illegal Structures (ASIS) will demolish evict the vendors who refused to vacate the sidewalks around Jaro Plaza.

City Administrator Hernando Galvez warned those who still refuse to leave may face charges.

“May criminal liability na sila, but as much as practicable, (I don’t want to). I may even be tempted in filing criminal (charges) against them (if they insist),” Galvez told The Daily Guardian (

Galvez said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog understands the plight of the small vendors but illegal vendors occupying the sidewalks and a lane of the major streets surrounding Jaro Plaza pose risks to motorists and pedestrians.

Meanwhile, at least 50 affected vendors appealed to Mabilog that they be allowed to stay until at least on the feast of Our Lady of Candles on Feb. 2.