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Innovations to Baguio night market studied

BAGUIO CITY December 26 – The City Council Committee on Market, Trade, Commerce and Agriculture is currently studying the introduction of the necessary innovations s to the operation of the city's night market to sustain its established identity as one of the must-see nightly activities in the city and increase its potentials to be a long-term source of livelihood of residents.

Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., chairman of the council's Committee on Market, Trade, Commerce and Agriculture, said studies on how to maximize the potentials of the night market and improve the situation of the night market vendors are now underway to uplift the prevailing situation not only of the affected sectors but also the public who frequent the nightly activity to be able to purchase their desired goods.

"We are currently studying the best practices of major cities in the country and overseas to ascertain the appropriate innovations that could be introduced to our existing night market operations so that it will continue to flourish and sustain its ability to entice residents and visitors to frequent the night market area and purchase their desired goods," Councilor Yangot stressed.

The operation of the city's night market along a 500-meter portion of the Harrison Road started over 10 years ago primarily to serve as an alternative vending area for ambulant vendors who are often apprehended by the personnel of the Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) because of their violation of the anti-peddling ordinance. Previously, the site of the night market was at the basketball court of the Baguio Athletic Bowl before it was transferred along Harrison Road that eventually made it as one of the major tourist attractions in the city because of the quality of products that are being sold by the over 1,000 night market vendors doing business in the said area.

Yangot added that even if the venue of the night market will soon be transferred to the perimeter of the Melvin Jones football ground after the implementation of the concreting of its perimeter, the appropriate innovations that will be deemed appropriate will still be implemented because the improvement of operations will result to the betterment off both the vendors and the local government.

Based on the report of City Treasurer Ales Cabarrubias, the local government is generating some P1.3 to P1.5 million monthly income from the regulatory fees being paid by the night market vendors to pursue their trade in the area with less infrastructure investment from the city through the years aside from the fact that it has contribute in providing over 1,000 local residents a legitimate source of income instead of doing peddling along sidewalks and face the consequence of being apprehended and fined.

The alderman emphasized it is high time for the local government to consider introducing appropriate innovations that are acceptable to the vendors so that the maximum potentials of the night market could be achieved while sustaining its ability to attract tourists and resident to patronize the products of the night market vendors doing business in the area.

He appealed to the vendors to be open-minded to whatever innovations in the operation of the night market that will be introduced because it is their welfare that is being principally considered in the studies that are underway.

By Dexter A. See

 
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