By Dhel Nazario
The Taguig City Government recently launched its Flea Market Bazaar where ambulant vendors who were previously removed from the streets in a comprehensive drive to improve mobility across the city got a chance to sell their goods.
The vendors were able to sell their products alongside other small and medium entrepreneurs at the Flea Market Bazaar over the weekend, as well as in the Farmers and Wet Markets in Mercado del Lago and Veterans Road in Western Bicutan, respectively.
Mayor Lino Cayetano said that the weekend market is a test run and in the next few months, they are hoping to conduct one in every barangay. The recent event helped around 200 displaced vendors. Parks, schools, covered courts, idle lots and secondary roads may soon transform into marketplaces over the weekend.
The initiative was a crucial step in the Mobility Plan of the city of Taguig. When the local government started to clear roads of all kinds of obstructions, among those affected were business owners.
The city sought ways to legitimize their businesses and give them spaces where they could generate income without becoming distractions and chokepoints on the roads.
Apart from establishing safety through mobility, the development of these markets offering a wide selection of ware will also provide a consistent livelihood for small and medium enterprises but also elevate the local economy and boost tourism by attracting customers both within and outside the city to visit these markets.
Moreover, as part of the city’s plan of going zero waste, single-use plastic will be prohibited from all sites. The local government is encouraging the public to bring their own recyclable bags.
Eco bags, net bags, and bayongs will also be given away to shoppers free of charge. This initiative is in line with the city’s commitment and proactiveness in lowering Taguig’s solid waste by 80 percent.
Proper waste segregation stations will be observed in the markets.