According to local media reports, Mayor Antonio Mabini banned the food carts from selling food during the first few hours of the new year in the city of Cebuta, the capital of the state of Bicol.
The mayor said that the ban would stop the people from purchasing the food from local businesses.
According to reports, the ban was a response to a complaint that the food was being sold in a way that violated local laws on public decency.
However, Mabinis spokesman, Edson López, told The Associated Press that the mayor did not ban the carts, only the vendor.
The city, in a statement, called the ban a “provocation” and said it would continue to “provide the most effective way to protect the public health and safety of our citizens.”
Mabinas statement does not address the concerns of the local businesses that the carts were not selling food to them.
In an interview with local radio station Nueva Inquirer, Mabis spokesperson Edson explained that the city “does not have any control over the food trucks, which are illegal.”
The mayor’s order is a violation of a federal law that requires food trucks to operate in areas where there is a large population of people, and he added that the new restrictions would be enforced to prevent such a situation from happening again.
Mabinos office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.