The Tagbilaran City Council has passed on third and final reading a proposed ordinance that would permanently establish a weekend night market in the city.
Ordinance Number 13-19, sponsored by Councilor Nerio Zamora II, will establish a night market within Tagbilaran City, particularly at the parking area of the Tagbilaran City Central Public Market in Barangay Dao.
The night market which will feature food from various barangays in the city and other local products will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Friday to Sunday.
“Night market operations may be held during Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except during the months of March to July wherein the City of Tagbilaran and the Province of Bohol are Celebrating Saulog and Sandugo activities and in the whole month of December to January 15, night market operations may be undertaken every night,” the ordinance states.
The project is intended to boost livelihood of residents and serve as an attraction for both locals and tourists, said Zamora who chairs the council’s tourism committee.
Meanwhile, the ordinance stipulates that rental fee for the stall area is set at P10 per square meter per day.
The City Treasurer’s office is allowed to deputize a representative to collect rental fees every Monday and Tuesday right after the weekend market.
In July, the city government launched “Tagbo sa Tagbi,” a night market along J. Borja Street as part of the month-long Sandugo festivities.
Its success prompted city officials to mull the establishment of a permanent night market. (AD)