BAGUIO CITY– The transfer of the night market from Harrison road to Kayang street or other available areas in the public shall be under thorough study, Mayor Mauricio Domogan committed during the weekly media Ugnayan forum.
Available and secured areas in the market may also be identified for the purpose, mayor further said.
Should Harrison road, which is a national highway under the control of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) be vacated, night time vehicular traffic is seen to improve.
The proposed transfer to either first or second Kayang street which are city roads, would also benefit walk-in vendors, in addition to the usual number, though the first come-first serve basis applies. The Baguio City Market Authority (BCMA) facilitates the vendors’ accommodation, it was known.
Last Monday, the city council approved a proposed ordinance for the Harrison night market transfer to Kayang street. Accordingly, security for the area is easier to provide.
For years, the experimental night market served as livelihood for more than a thousand vendors and generated revenues for the city with an average of P1.5M every month.
Suggestions that the night market be transferred to Melvin Jones, Burnham Park never materialized as there is opposition from the public who claim the park must be preserved./Julie G. Fianza