Preparations are now underway for this year’s Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in October.
This early, Mayor John Dalipe has issued an executive order regulating the operation of a night market, one of the annual festivities that provides an opportunity for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to showcase and market their goods to the public.
In his EO No. JD 2022-014 dated July 27, Dalipe ordered the temporary establishment of a night market starting Aug. 15 up until Oct. 31 with the operating hours from 6 o’clock in the evening to 12 midnight, from Mondays to Saturdays.
The mayor has designated the stretch of Rizal Street, from Villalobos St. (Department of Agriculture area) to Veterans Avenue Extension, Zone 4, where the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is located, as the night market venue.
Under the executive order, no commercial structure, paraphernalia or goods can be displayed and/or sold at the designated venue before and after the specified time of operation.
In the same EO, Dalipe also formed the Night Market Committee with him being the chairperson and City Administrator Mario Yanga as vice chairperson.
The members are: Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Market and Slaughterhouse Committee chair, City Environment and Natural Resources office, city legal officer, city health officer, city engineer, city treasurer, city general services officer, city police director, and permits and licensing division head.
The Committee is tasked to formulate policies, guidelines, rules and regulations relative to the night market operations; select and recommend to the mayor the qualified vendors that may be allowed to sell at the night market; recommend the appropriate rental and other fees to form part of the contracts that the Sangguniang Panlungsod will approve; and perform other similar functions for the fruitful, effective and efficient operation of the night market.
The night market will operate under the direct supervision of the city administrator, while the concession area will be determined by the city engineer. No person or vendor will be allowed to sell goods at the night market without a business permit.
Traffic diversion and parking will be designated by the city administrator in coordination with the Zamboanga City Police Office. The EO also provides for the general restrictions to be imposed at the night market, such as the wearing of face mask; security checks on personal belongings; no backpacks, bull caps, fedoras, vests (chalecos), bonnets, hooded or non-hooded jackets, bladed objects and the like are allowed at the night market venue.-(Vic Larato)