VM Rama seeks appointment with Duterte to discuss vendors’ plight

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Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama said he wants to sit down with President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss several matters.

Rama said he has some concerns to raise to Duterte, such as the plight of displaced sidewalk vendors and the 500th year anniversary celebration of Christianity.

“I have been trying to get that appointment. I have been asking Senator Bong Go to help,” according to him.

Members of the United Small Vendors and Traders of Cebu City earlier went to the Vice Mayor’s Office to ask for his help in order for them to be able to sell their wares again even just for the “Kalag-Kalag.” (

They claimed that for the last two months their situation has been very difficult since they cannot regularly earn a living.

“I would like to take action. The vendors are also looking for ways. But it’s really up to the president,” said Rama.

Meanwhile, Councilor Alvin Dizon said he will file a resolution urging Mayor Edgardo Labella to create a comprehensive and long-term strategy for street vending.

Labella earlier ordered to keep the roads free from obstructions in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate.