Do­mo­gan warns of night mar­ket halt

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MAYOR Mauri­cio G. Do­mo­gan warned that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment will be con­strained to close the op­er­a­tion of the night mar­ket if the ven­dors do not set­tle their petty con­flicts.

The lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive said that it is un­for­tu­nate that the nu­mer­ous com­plaints be­ing filed with the Baguio City Mar­ket Au­thor­ity (BCMA) are com­ing from the ven­dors do­ing busi­ness in the night mar­ket de­spite ef­forts to solve the prob­lems.

“We will be forced to close the op­er­a­tion of the night mar­ket if the ven­dors can­not po­lice their own ranks. It is un­for­tu­nate that af­ter set­tling prob­lems raised by some groups of ven­dors, other prob­lems crop up that take up most of their time to ad­dress­ing the said is­sues be­ing raised re­gard­ing the night mar­ket,” Do­mo­gan stressed.

With re­gard the re­ported op­po­si­tion to the ap­proved ex­ten­sion of the night mar­ket along the stretch of Per­fecto St. to ac­com­mo­date walk-in ven­dors, he ex­plained that those who sig­ni­fied their op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed ex­ten­sion are the ones do­ing busi­ness in the night mar­ket along Harrison road, which is ob­vi­ously tainted with per­sonal in­ter­est.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the ex­ten­sion of the night mar­ket along Per­fecto St. is pri­mar­ily in­tended to pro­vide sus­tain­able sources of liveli­hood to the hun­dreds of ven­dors who are al­ways lin­ing up in the mar­ket of­fice wait­ing for avail­able slots at the night mar­ket.

Do­mo­gan em­pha­sized the claim of some night mar­ket ven­dors that the ap­proved ex­ten­sion of the night mar­ket will re­sult to most of them in­cur­ring losses in sup­posed in­come, say­ing that if it is true that the ven­dors are not earn­ing from the nightly ac­tiv­ity, then they should have stopped par­tic­i­pat­ing in the night mar­ket to al­low other in­ter­ested ven­dors to do their trade.

He ap­pealed to the ven­dors to con­tinue polic­ing their own ranks and for them to set­tle their petty dif­fer­ences among them­selves so as not to con­tinue putting the bur­den to the BCMA as well as for them to un­der­stand the wis­dom of the ex­ten­sion of the night mar­ket along Per­fecto St. which will be closed to traf­fic from 9 pm on­wards for the night mar­ket ex­ten­sion.

The City En­gi­neer­ing Of­fice is now

work­ing on the in­stal­la­tion of the ap­pro­pri­ate light­ing fa­cil­i­ties along the stretch of Per­fecto St. and the putting in place of the nec­es­sary mark­ings to as­cer­tain the ac­tual num­ber of avail­able slots which could be given to walk-in ven­dors once the area will be op­er­a­tional.

He claimed in­stead of the walk-in ven­dors hav­ing to line up in the mar­ket of­fice daily un­cer­tain of their chance to do their trade, it is best to share in the ben­e­fits of the night mar­ket by giv­ing them the chance to earn in­come along Per­fecto St..

He as­serted no one has the mo­nop­oly of knowl­edge in de­cid­ing what will be the best in the con­duct of the night mar­ket, thus, the de­ci­sion of the BCMA is a col­lec­tive one. Dex­ter A. See

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