March 20, 2023

The local government will increase the regulatory fees collected from night market vendors from P350 to P500 aside from expanding the night market stall area from 1.5 by 1.5 meters to two by two meters per slot.

The increase in night market fees and the expansion of the night market stall area was contained under Executive Order 62, s. 2022 issued on May 25.

The order stated that an increase in the vending fees is proper considering the expansion of the vending area that will be occupied by the night market vendors.

Earlier, City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias said his office is awaiting the issuance of an order to legitimize the collection of the increased night market fees that are collected from the participating vendors on a weekly basis.

On May 18, city officials met with 329 night market vendors at the Baguio Athletic Bowl to discuss the proposed increase in the night market stall areas and the corresponding fees that will be collected by the local government.

Majority of the attendees agreed to the increase in the allotted vending areas, acceding that the same would address concerns on overcrowding, especially in the light of the continued implementation of minimum public health standards.

With requests from the vendors to increase the number of vending slots, the City Treasury Office and the Public Order and Safety Division were tasked to propose amendments to the regulations to accommodate those interested to participate in the night market operation. 

In a meeting on March 9, the attendees reportedly agreed to increase the night market vending fees from P350 per slot per vendor to P500, simultaneous with the expansion of the vending slot from 1.5 meters by 1.5 meters to two by two meters.

The city council passed Resolution 176, s. 2022 requesting the City Treasury Office for a status quo in the increase in weekly night market fees. – PIO release