Issue of October 1, 2017
Mt. Province

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Quarters oppose plans to expand night market
by Harley F. Palangchao

The group of accredited night market vendors is opposing the city’s plan to extend the night market coverage from one lane of Harrison Road to the whole stretch of Perfecto Street.

Perfecto Street serves as terminals for public utility vehicles servicing Campo Sioco, Bakakeng, Kias and Greenwater, Military Cut-off, and Gabriela Silang.

PUVs servicing thousands of commuters from these barangays use Perfecto Street until past 9 p.m. to ferry commuters, especially during peak seasons in Baguio.

Information has it that the group of PUV operators and drivers with terminals at Perfecto Street are also opposed to the plan.

Opposition to the planned extension of the night market to Perfecto Street came after the Baguio City Market Authority endorsed the plan in a bid to accommodate hundreds of walk-in vendors.

The current accredited vendors groups occupying Harrison Road starting 9 p.m. until the wee hours complained that there are already 1,068 vendors occupying the road. The city government collects as much as P1.5 million from these accredited vendors monthly.

Existing vendors claimed that adding 160 to 300 more vendors who will occupy Perfecto Street will already add to stiffer competition among existing vendors.

“We are not claiming that it is only us who want to earn for our families but BCMA, especially Mayor Mauricio Domogan, must understand that the area is already overcrowded and it defeats the purpose of helping us because our number is increasing while our meager income is declining,” said one of the affected vendors opposed to the expansion plan.

In another letter from existing vendors emailed to Midland Courier, it claimed that putting more vendors will add more security concerns on the part of the Baguio City Police Office.

The night market is one of the special areas of concern of BCPO in line with its war on terror, illegal drugs and general peace and order.

Instead of expanding the night market area, the existing vendors urged BCMA to recommend to the city government to improve the area by adding more light, widen the vending slots, widen the isles for customers, and secure uniform foldable tents during the rainy season so that the night market view is not an eyesore.

Earlier, City Hall said the approval of the extension of the night market area to include a portion of Perfecto Street is geared towards the increasing number of night market vendors wanting to sell their goods in the night market area but their chances to sell is actually by chance because of the limited spaces available for occupancy, thus, the BCMA’s decision to allow the extension of the night market area.

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