BAGUIO CITY – To accommodate vendors who wish to trade their merchandise, the Baguio City Market Authority will be extending the operation of night market along the Perfecto Street.
According to city treasurer Alex Cabarrubias, approximately 160 slots will be available and open to interested individuals.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan directed the city engineer’s office to work on the lighting and markings at the Perfecto St. to ensure the safety of the vendors and customers before starting its operation by the end of the month or early October.
Meanwhile, around 80 regular walking-in vendors are hopeful that they will be given slots.
While some night market associations are considering the extension as added competition that would deprive them of higher income, city officials want them to understand that what they want to be solved is the proliferation of ambulant vendors who should be relocated to the night market area for them to be engaged in legitimate business operations for the welfare of their families.
The Harrison Road’s night market accommodates around 1,100 vendors where they sell clothes, shoes, accessories, food and many more.
For years, one lane of Harrison Road is being used from 9pm to 4am for the night market vendors with around 1,100 individuals selling of clothes, shoes, accessories and even street food. The city collects P50 per night from each of the vendors. The city collects an average of P1.5 million to P2 million per month from the night market during the peak season, but declines to less than P1 million during the rainy season.
The BCMA will again convene on Monday, Sept. 18 to finalize the rules and regulations in the operation of the said extended night market. /Jho Arranz