Mayor backs trans­fer of night mar­ket

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

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan is back­ing pro­pos­als to trans­fer the Har­ri­son night mar­ket to Kayang Street.

Do­mo­gan said the pro­posal by the City Coun­cil is worth study­ing and fur­ther sug­gested to uti­lize the main mar­ket for the nightly trade fair.

The mayor added the use of the main mar­ket will also be ben­e­fi­cial to both ven­dors and pa­trons but re­minded to have se­cu­rity of ex­ist­ing stalls con­sid­ered if plans will push through.

Do­mo­gan said proper se­cu­rity to pro­tect stalls which close at night in the area must be stud­ied as well as the se­cu­rity of shop­pers be­fore any trans­fer will en­sue.

The Har­ri­son night mar­ket pro­vides liveli­hood and em­ploy­ment to about 1,068 night mar­ket ven­dors where the city is earn­ing ap­prox­i­mately P1.5 mil­lion a month which op­er­ates from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Do­mo­gan said the pre­vi­ous pro­posal to trans­fer the night mar­ket to the sides of the Melvin Jones has been met with op­po­si­tion and wel­comed the new al­ter­na­tive.

Coun­cilor Le­an­dro Yan­got moved for the trans­fer of the night mar­ket to 1st, 2nd and 3rd ar­eas of Kayang Street in a bid to de­con­gest Har­ri­son road of traf­fic.

Un­der the pro­posal, op­er­a­tion of the Kayang night mar­ket will be at 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and will be ac­com­moTHE

dat­ing all present night ven­dors in­clud­ing walk in’s.

Pre­vi­ously, Do­mo­gan was adamant on the halt of cook­ing food at the night mar­ket when health ex­perts raised the alarm over un­san­i­tary han­dling and im­proper waste dis­posal on site.

Photo by Red­jie Melvic Cawis

TOURIST COME ON. Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, thou­sands of tourists fill the Night Mar­ket along Har­ri­son Road while the other part of the road is filled with ve­hi­cles. The City Coun­cil is study­ing a pro­posal trans­fer­ring the night mar­ket to Kayang Street.

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