The 19 vegetable vendors who were recently caught violating the lockdown in Metro Manila and Luzon amid the COVID-19 pandemic have been released by the police, the Quezon City government said Tuesday.
In a statement, Mayor Joy Belmonte thanked the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) for listening to her appeal to free the vendors.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa QCPD na pinakinggan ang aking pakiusap na palayain ang mga vendor na kanilang hinuli," Belmonte said.
“Naiintindihan natin na ginagawa lang ng QCPD ang kanilang trabaho, ngunit nakiusap tayo sa kanila na pakawalan na ang mga vendor sa pangakong hindi na uulitin ang kanilang ginawa,” she added.
Police arrested the vendors for selling their goods along Elliptical corner Maharlika St. at Barangay Old Capitol Site on Saturday evening, according to the Quezon City government.
According to the QCPD, the vendors were arrested for violating the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act and for illegal street vending.
Belmonte said the vendors can join the city government’s initiatives like the Fresh Market on Wheels program to continue their livelihood despite the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
“We already have several programs and initiatives in place for residents to ensure that their livelihood won’t be affected by the ECQ.”