Coun­cil moves for trans­fer of night mar­ket

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

TRANS­FER of the night mar­ket is be­ing set.

The City Coun­cil, on Mon­day ap­proved a pro­posed or­di­nance mov­ing the night mar­ket at Harrison Road to Kayang Street.

The move was made by Coun­cilor Le­an­dro Yan­got said in a bid to free the con­gested Harrison Road of traf­fic.

“The ven­dors are open to al­ter­na­tives. In fact, I al­ready broached the idea be­fore. Since the Harrison Road is a na­tional road, the city gov­ern­ment has no power to reg­u­late said area. So if the DPWH will decide to clear Harrison Road, the night mar­ket will have to be re­lo­cated. A win-win so­lu­tion would be Kayang Street, which is a city road,” Yan­got said.

The new night mar­ket site will at the Baguio City Mar­ket along the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Kayang Street.

“I told the ven­dors, if there is a more suit­able site, we are open to sug­ges­tions. Our pro­posal is not writ­ten on stone,” Yan­got added.

The city law­maker said the site pro­posed is city owned and will not in any way af­fect traf­fic flow as it is a dead area at night as com­pared to the busy, Harrison road at night.

Op­er­a­tion of the

Kayang night mar­ket is set from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., ac­com­mo­dat­ing all present night ven­dors in­clud­ing walk in’s. If there will be avail­able slots, ap­pli­ca­tions will be opened to qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants on a first come, first serve basis. If the num­ber of ap­pli­cants is more, the al­lo­ca­tion will be de­cided through a draw lot with the BCMA fa­cil­i­tat­ing the process.

“Take note that the Kayang Street is not a busy road from 9 p.m. to pos­si­bly till 3 a.m. in­stead of 2 a.m. It is eas­ier to se­cure com­pared to Harrison Road. We have ini­tially dis­cussed the idea with the ven­dors of Kayang and they wel­come the idea,” Yan­got quipped.

The night mar­ket has been a tourist come on, a rev­enue gen­er­at­ing en­ter­prise and liveli­hood provider for many of our lo­cal mi­cro scale busi­ness peo­ple since 2016.

Cur­rently, it pro­vides liveli­hood and em­ploy­ment to about 1,068 night mar­ket ven­dors. The city is earn­ing ap­prox­i­mately P1.5 mil­lion per month.

Sev­eral at­tempts were made to ra­tio­nal­ize the op­er­a­tion of the night mar­ket at Harrison road but to no avail as the road is a na­tional road un­der the con­trol and su­per­vi­sion of the DPWH.

The sides of Melvin Jones at Burn­ham Park is be­ing pro­posed but it is be­ing stiffly op­posed by con­cerned park con­ser­va­tion­ists.

At the mo­ment, the night mar­ket con­tin­ues to be an ex­per­i­men­tal basis upon tol­er­ance by the DPWH.

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