Night Market- IBT Divisoria to open Sept 16

The City Government will launch the Night Market at the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) in Divisoria on Friday, September 16, in celebration of Mayor John Dalipe’s birthday.

COVID-19 vaccination with free 5 kilos rice for first or second booster vaccinees will also be available at the IBT-Night Market.

Aimed to help small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, the night market-IBT will be the third since the Rizal Street soft opening last August 15 and the Baban Street launching last September 5.

All 3 night markets will run until October 31 and form part of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2022 activities.

Mayor Dalipe has initiated the conduct of Night Markets as a strategy to help small business enterprises recover from the losses incurred at the height of the pandemic.

City Administrator Mario Yanga said at least 40 concessionaires selling dry goods and food products will be initially accommodated at the IBT Night Market after undergoing a seminar conducted by the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO), City Health Office (CHO), Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) and IBT.

The orientation, conducted Tuesday, September 13 covered the operating guidelines, food safety seminar, Solid Waste Management and IBT rules and regulations.

Meanwhile, Yanga said positive feedback from concessionaires in the Rizal Street Night market have been received since its soft opening last August 15. He said traders are doing brisk business as the site is a crowd drawer nightly.

The Baban Street Night Market is a displacement strategy as it hauled street food vendors occupying the R.T. Lim Boulevard area and used clothing vendors from the main market.

The Night Market operates from 6pm to 12 midnight. (Sheila Covarrubias)