Issue of October 8, 2017
Mt. Province

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Food vendors told to comply with CHSO rules on hygiene
by Jane B. Cadalig

BANNED -- Cooking at the night market along Harrison Road has been stopped by the city government for health and sanitation reasons. City Mayor Mauricio Domogan advised affected vendors to coordinate with the City Health Services Office about their appeal to lift the prohibition. -- Harley Palangchao

Vendors of food that require cooking at the night market along Harrison Road were told to cooperate with the city government to ensure cleanliness and sanitation at the trade area and make their counter-proposals known to the City Health Services Office (CHSO).

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan asked affected vendors to understand the reason the Baguio City Market Authority banned cooking at the night market.

Vendors of food merchandise asked the mayor for reconsideration, but Domogan said the CHSO is the proper office that they should approach and give their suggestions on how they can still be allowed to conduct trade at the night market.

The affected vendors have proposed that they will cook their food merchandise in their homes, but will still be allowed to re-heat these at the night market.

Domogan said the proposal is best discussed between the CHSO and food vendors so that the latter’s source of livelihood will not suffer.

“The City Health Office’s stand is there should be no cooking allowed, that’s why when the vendors came to me for reconsideration, I told them to discuss their suggestions with the health office because it is the (department in charge of ensuring) health and sanitation,” Domogan said.

“We will follow whatever guidelines the City Health Services Office and the vendors will agree on, but if they insist that they will be allowed to cook, it cannot be allowed,” he said. 

Domogan added the vendors should not feel bad when sanitary inspectors check the food merchandise sold at the night market.

He said there is a need to ensure the safety of food served at the night market because in case poisoning occurs, the city government will be the one that is held accountable.

Domogan also asked the vendors opposing the planned expansion of the night market along Harrison Road to Perfecto St. to understand the plight of those wanting to be provided with livelihood opportunities.

“It appears that those who are objecting to the extension are the vendors at Harrison who do not want competition. The reason we are extending it is to accommodate the vendors who are constantly walking-in,” he said.

Those opposed to the extension of the night market area to Perfecto St. said that accommodating more vendors will add to the problem on the overcrowded trading area and will add more security concerns for the Baguio City Police Office.

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