Over 400 vendors applied to join Colon night market

MORE than 400 vendors have applied to sell their products at the Cebu City Night Market that will open before the start of the Misa de Gallo on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

Because of this, Raquel Bohol-Arce, head of the city’s Market Operations Division (MOD) of Cebu City, said she decided to suspend receiving applications for new vendors so that they can review them and decide who can sell at the night market in Colon Street once they receive the go signal from Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

Arce said they started receiving applications from Friday, December 10, until Saturday afternoon, December 11.

Arce said should only less than 300 vendors pass their scrutiny, they will resume accepting more applications.

She said once they are able to secure the applications, they will forward it to Rama for approval.

Arce said they plan to initiate the Colon Night Market on December 15 or a day before the Misa de Gallo starts.

Once the night market starts operating, it will operate for around a month.

Vaccinated only

Arce told SunStar Cebu that one of their requirements to be able to sell at the night market is that vendors and their sales assistants are fully vaccinated.

She said their requirement is similar to what they have been asking vendors before they are allowed to sell their products in public markets across the City.

Arce said the Night Market will open from the corner of Osmeña Blvd. and Colon St. in front of McDonald’s to the corners of Mabini St. and Colon.

Vendors are allowed to sell RTW (ready-to-wear clothing), toys, accessories, shoes, food and fruits.

They will allocate more space for those selling food including food hawkers and rolling carts.

Arce instructed vendors to accomodate a minimum of two customers per cart or stall as a way to promote social distancing.

Night market fee

Each stall will be required to pay a P150 daily fee to the City which will include their rentals, barangay tax, electricity bill, and fees for cleaning and garbage collection.

Three barangays, namely Santo Niño, Kalubihan and Parian, will receive a share from the fees being paid by the vendors.

The night market will start from 6 p.m. until midnight.