LOBOC, Bohol – Enterprising souvenir and gift traders cry for help and urged officials concerned to allow them to trade at the man-made forest between this town and Bilar as their source of livelihood, according to one of the vendors whose identity is withheld. The scenario is like “cat and mouse.” The authorities run after them or drive them out of the place and they follow.
But now they’re back in a shifting scheme. He said that a group sells the whole week and another group’s turn the following week. They’ve come up with this just to make both ends meet and to avoid competition that resulted to quarrel among themselves, he said.
The vendors hail from the two municipalities, he said.
Banning them they feel they’re outcast. However, he understands that it is not proper to trade there but they cannot help but being lured to do business here since the forest where the national highway traverses is an attraction to the visitors.
Visitors make a stopover here to take pictures and view the forest, so they take advantage with the situation, he said.
Right now, he said, they’re not driven out yet. And it’s a damn brisk business since it’s summer. And during this time travelers, foreigners and domestic drop by. If they are banned again what can they do but follow, he said.
Earlier, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it prohibits the trading of any kind at the man-made forest for environmental and sanitation concerns.
The provincial board has proposed to have the man-made forest lighted only to be told by DENR that it’s not proper. (rvo)
PIC – Vending at man-made forest situated at Loboc-Bilar border perks us during the summer. (rvo)