The Batasan Hills Council and different vendor associations signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in regard to Captain John “Jojo” M. Abad’s annual ‘Christmas Moratorium.’ The MOA signing happened on November 12, 2015 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM at the Saret Covered Court.
‘Christmas Moratorium’ is a livelihood project that allows street vendors to sell their products by the northbound sidewalk of Commonwealth Avenue in Batasan Hills. Year after year, this livelihood project had provided tons of vendors residing in the barangay reasons to celebrate the season of giving as they had prepared some ham and fruit cake to share to their relatives in Noche Buena, had enveloped a bill for each of their godchildren, had come equipped with coins for random carolers, had built sturdier houses to shelter their families from cold December nights, and a lot more.
All interested small-scale entrepreneurs, who are in reality below the poverty line, are granted to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the whole month of December.
Kagawad Edgar “Junjun” S. Macario, Jr., Livelihood Committee co-chairperson, stressed that there should be a vehement partnership between the street vendors and the barangay council in taking the accountability of enforcing peace and order, as well as, cleanliness in the whole duration of the project.
Kgds. Luisito “Tata” Z. Ludovica, Jhorwin D. Santos, Charlie O. Mangune, Ernesto “Ernie” S. Custodio, Filomena “Luming” V. de Guzman and Roberto “Bobby” B. Miras, as well as Barangay Secretary Edwin P. Misolas were present to ink their support.
As 2nd District Councilor Estrella “Star” C. Valmocina was within the area at that time, she dropped by the venue to meet and greet the street vendors.
Written by Aphrodite
Photos taken by Arvin Dimzon