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Estrada: Tear down junkshops along Onyx

Mayor Joseph Estrada on Thursday ordered the tearing down of junkshops that line Onyx Street in San Andres Bukid.

Estrada sent road clearing crews to clear the stretch of Onyx from Florentino Torres Street to Zobel Roxas Street, and the section of Zobel Roxas from Palma to Onyx and Tejeron streets.

“Onyx is a vital highway that connects Makati and Manila. It is high time that we clear this thoroughfare for the convenience of the motorists and the commuting public,” Estrada said.

Task Force Manila Cleanup Head Che Borromeo said there are around a hundred junkshops along Onyx alone. Illegally parked vehicles, shanties and illegal structures at the center island also made the road narrower.

He added the junkshops along Onyx will be individually checked and those with no business permits face sanctions.

A wooden basketball backboard in the middle of Onyx was also removed and confiscated.

Illegal vendors along the subject two-kilometer portion of Onyx and those along Florentino Street fronting Dagonoy Public Market were also driven away.

Since June, Estrada has intensified road and sidewalk clearing operations, driving away more than 3,500 illegal vendors and removing countless obstructions and illegal structures.

Helping in the clearing operations were the Office of the City Engineer, Department of Public Services, Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau, Manila Barangay Bureau, Manila Social Welfare Department, Manila Tricycle Regulatory Office, the Manila police and the Department of Public Works and Highways..