Ba­colod plans to open night mar­ket

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

THE City Govern­ment of Ba­colod is plan­ning to im­ple­ment the Night Mar­ket Or­di­nance in the city.

Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia said yes­ter­day that this is one of the op­tions to ac­com­mo­date some of the ven­dors who might be af­fected of the de­mo­li­tion.

He said the mar­ket com­mit­tee will con­vene next week to dis­cuss on how to en­force the Night Mar­ket Or­di­nance.

He added the mar­ket com­mit­tee will be led by City Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Orola and Coun­cilor Bar­tolome Orola, chair­per­son of the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee on mar­kets.

In 2014, the City Coun­cil ap­proved an or­di­nance cre­at­ing the poli­cies and guide­lines in the es­tab­lish­ment and reg­u­la­tion of the night mar­ket in Ba­colod City.

The or­di­nance was au­thored by for­mer coun­cilor Cae­sar Distrito.

The or­di­nance stated that the night mar­ket op­er­a­tion will start at 5 pm un­til 12 mid­night and the lo­ca­tion will be de­ter­mined by the com­mit­tee.

The or­di­nance also pro­vides the cre­ation of the night mar­ket com­mit­tee to take charge of the daily op­er­a­tions of the night mar­ket, and which will be com­posed of the var­i­ous city govern­ment de­part­ments, to

be chaired by the City Ad­min­is­tra­tor and City Coun­cil chair­per­son on mar­kets and slaugh­ter­house as the vice chair­per­son.

Leonar­dia ear­lier said that about 905 side­walk stalls from il­le­gal ven­dors who are oc­cu­py­ing the pub­lic roads are sched­uled to be re­moved in com­pli­ance with the di­rec­tive of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to rid pub­lic streets of ob­struc­tions to fa­cil­i­tate the or­derly use of thor­ough­fares.

The af­fected ven­dors are from Bur­gos Pub­lic Mar­ket with the to­tal of 197 ven­dors; Cen­tral Pub­lic Mar­ket- 95 ven­dors; Lib­er­tad Pub­lic Mar­ket245 ven­dors; and 368 side­walk ven­dors.

For his part, City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Orola said they will look for places for the es­tab­lish­ment of the night mar­ket.

“We will look for places to es­tab­lish the night mar­ket and we will make it a tourist at­trac­tion in the city,” he said.

Leonar­dia said he is propos­ing to es­tab­lish the night mar­ket from Araneta Street to­wards Luzuriaga and Gon­zaga Streets.

He said the night mar­ket con­cept has proven to be a big suc­cess in other Asian cities.

Mean­while, Leonar­dia also urged the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies, Cen­tral Ne­gros Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (Ceneco), and Ba­colod City Wa­ter Dis­tricts (Baciwa) to re­move their il­le­gal struc­tures in var­i­ous ar­eas of Ba­colod.

Leonar­dia, who held a meet­ing with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies, Ceneco, and Baciwa on Mon­day, said that the said of­fices should also re­move their il­le­gal struc­tures in roads.

Leonar­dia said the smart, globe, PLDT, Ceneco and Baciwa should fix their lines in var­i­ous ar­eas.

“They should vol­un­tar­ily re­move their il­le­gal struc­tures be­cause it in­volves wires and ca­bles,” he said.*

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