INSTITUTIONALIZING THE NIGHT MAR­KET

Cebu City Coun­cilor Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr.’s pro­posed or­di­nance to reg­u­late its op­er­a­tion has been re­ferred to the coun­cil’s com­mit­tee on laws

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS - RAZEL V. CUIZON / Re­porter @razel­cuizon

A move to reg­u­late and pro­vide rules for the op­er­a­tion of a night mar­ket on Colon St. in Cebu City is pend­ing be­fore the City Coun­cil.

Coun­cilor Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr., spon­sored the pro­posed mea­sure, which seeks to es­tab­lish the Night Mar­ket Or­di­nance of Cebu City.

“The Cebu City Govern­ment ac­knowl­edges the vi­tal role of the micro, small and medium en­ter­prises in the city’s so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus. The micro, small and medium en­ter­prises pro­vide liveli­hood to the city’s con­stituents and present a train­ing ground for our youth’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills and re­source­ful­ness,” read por­tion of the or­di­nance.

El­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments

Un­der the pro­posed or­di­nance, op­er­a­tion of the night mar­ket will be al­lowed on Fri­day, Saturday and Sun­day for the en­tire year ex­cept De­cem­ber and Jan­uary.

For De­cem­ber and Jan­uary, it will be al­lowed for the en­tire week in time for the Christ­mas and Sin­u­log cel­e­bra­tions.

The night mar­ket will be lo­cated along the stretch of Colon St., par­tic­u­larly in front of Vi­sion Theater, and will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Res­i­dents who are reg­is­tered vot­ers will be given pri­or­ity to sell, pro­vided that their ap­pli­ca­tion will be ap­proved by the City Mar­ket Au­thor­ity.

Upon ap­proval of the ap­pli­ca­tion, the seller will be given a per­mit and will be al­lowed to rent a max­i­mum of 2.5 square me­ters.

Once ap­proved, the City will fi­nal­ize the rental fee and pay­ment for elec­tric con­sump­tion in the im­ple­ment­ing rules and regulations.

Subleas­ing of the rented area will not be al­lowed.

Gabuya’s pro­posed or­di­nance was re­ferred to the coun­cil’s com­mit­tee on laws for com­ments and rec­om­men­da­tions.

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