Bacolod plans to open night market

THE City Government of Bacolod is planning to implement the Night Market Ordinance in the city.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Tuesday, August 6, that this is one of the options to accommodate some of the vendors who might be affected of the demolition.

He said the market committee will convene next week to discuss on how to enforce the Night Market Ordinance.

He added the market committee will be led by City Administrator John Orola and Councilor Bartolome Orola, chairperson of the City Council committee on markets.

In 2014, the City Council approved an ordinance creating the policies and guidelines in the establishment and regulation of the night market in Bacolod City.

The ordinance was authored by former councilor Caesar Distrito.

The ordinance stated that the night market operation will start at 5 p.m. until midnight and the location will be determined by the committee.

The ordinance also provides the creation of the night market committee to take charge of the daily operations of the night market, and which will be composed of the various City Government departments, to be chaired by the City Administrator and City Council chairperson on markets and slaughterhouse as the vice chairperson.

Leonardia earlier said that about 905 sidewalk stalls from illegal vendors who are occupying the public roads are scheduled to be removed in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to rid public streets of obstructions to facilitate the orderly use of thoroughfares.

The affected vendors are from Burgos Public Market with the total of 197 vendors; Central Public Market - 95 vendors; Libertad Public Market - 245 vendors; and 368 sidewalk vendors.

For his part, City Administrator Orola said they will look for places for the establishment of the night market.

“We will look for places to establish the night market and we will make it a tourist attraction in the city,” he said.

Leonardia said he is proposing to establish the night market from Araneta Street towards Luzuriaga and Gonzaga Streets.

He said the night market concept has proven to be a big success in other Asian cities.

Meanwhile, Leonardia also urged the telecommunication companies, Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), and Bacolod City Water Districts (Baciwa) to remove their illegal structures in various areas of Bacolod.

Leonardia, who held a meeting with the representatives of telecommunication companies Ceneco and Baciwa on Monday, August 5, said the said offices should also remove their illegal structures in roads.

Leonardia said the Smart, Globe, PLDT, Ceneco and Baciwa should fix their lines in various areas.

“They should voluntarily remove their illegal structures because it involves wires and cables,” he said.


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