SLIDESHOW: Baclaran after the cleanup

Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 02 2019 11:21 AM

After the well publicized clean up efforts in the capital city, another area notorious for massive traffic jams and crowded roads and walkways is set to be reclaimed for public use.

The past few days have seen Baclaran and its surrounding areas cleared of stalls and structures from public roads and sidewalks, letting pedestrians and vehicles pass unimpeded.

This was done after the Department of the Local and Interior Government ordered all Local Government Units to remove road obstructions within 60 days, starting July 29.

However, to even make a dent in the metro’s daily traffic gridlock, sustainability is just as important as the first step.

Will the cleared roads be left free of obstructions even without shutters clicking and cameras rolling? Only time will tell. For now, traffic flows freely along Baclaran and its surrounding areas.

Members of the local government, MMDA, and PNP confiscate items during clearing operations around Baclaran in Parañaque City Thursday. The DILG has ordered all LGUs to clear city roads and sidewalks of any obstruction.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Even chairs are taken away as all objects blocking roads and sidewalks are taken away by cleanup crews.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Vendors plead with clearing operations personnel to get their products from the clothes racks before being taken away.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Vendors gather their wares after the clothes rack they were using were taken during the operations.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Other structures blocking sidewalks are not spared from the cleanup. Structures such as these endanger pedestrians as they are forced to walk on the road instead of sidewalks.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A cleanup crew dismantles a shed blocking the walkway.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A cart is taken away after being confiscated along the Baclaran area.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Vendors try to evade clearing operations personnel by going inside markets within the area, but were still apprehended.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A vendor carrying his merchandise tries to run away along Taft Avenue during the clearing operations.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Some vendors setup makeshift stalls to continue selling their wares as cleanup crews leave the area.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Taft Avenue begins to resemble a thoroughfare as it is cleared of makeshift stalls and illegally parked vehicles.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Pedestrians are able to use Taft Avenue Extension freely without having to navigate through a maze of stalls after clearing operations in the area.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Vehicles and pedestrians can now pass through Taft Avenue Extension freely.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The intersection between Taft Avenue Extension and Radial Road 2 stands clear of vendors, making it easier for vehicles to pass.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The Taft Avenue Extension and Radial Road 2 intersection stands free of stalls and other obstructions.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A man organizes the trash along Radial Road 2 after clearing operations.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Redemptorist Road near Baclaran Church, which has become a one lane road because of stalls, becomes passable for vehicles without being stalled.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Traffic iimproved after the service road adjacent to Roxas Boulevard is cleared of vendors clogging the way.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The service road adjacent to Roxas Boulevard is free of vendors as vehicles are parked on the side of the road properly.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Street sweepers finish the job after illegal stalls were taken away.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MMDA workers prepare barriers for a new traffic scheme with the roads cleared of vendors.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Taft Avenue Extension clears up once again, but according to some of the clearing personnel, they expect the vendors to be back.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Some vendors return to Taft Avenue Extension after initial clearing operations saying it is their only source of livelihood.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A few hours after the clearing operations, vendors have returned to Taft Avenue Extension.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Vendors return to the streets to peddle, negating the clearing operations that have just taken place.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News