Davao City’s Roxas Night Market is re-opening on September 12, six months after the government imposed lockdowns and movement restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The night market is open from 5 p.m to 11 p.m.

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), and Task Force Davao, including the City Health Office (CHO) is ready to implement the security and health protocols set in place by the city government for the public and the vendors to strictly observe. 

DCPO Director, P/Col. Kirby John Kraft has reminded the public to follow security measures such as the no-backpack policy, prohibition of bringing non-transparent water containers, and wearing of jackets that are part of the culture of security. 

Also, people going to the Roxas Night Market will undergo facial recognition by lowering the face mask for 3-5 seconds.

“One entrance, one exit policy” is also implemented. Security personnel will inspect bags and check body temperature at the entry point.

”We also put up a separate cubicle where inspection or search of all females will be conducted. We emphasize that it is for all the women, not only to those who are wearing the hijab to avoid discrimination,” Kraft said.

Roxas Night Market-goers are advised to bring their identification cards (IDs) for security and contact tracing purposes. City Health officers and Civil Security Unit (CSU) personnel will be present at the entrance to ensure that appropriate steps for the contact tracing will be enforced.

“CCTV cameras were put at the entrances of every section of the roxas night market in order to take clear images of those entering, as well as their respective ID’s,” said Angel Sumagaysay, the head of PSSCC. 

As part of the health protocols, people must always wear their face mask and face shield except when eating or drinking and observe a two-meter distance from other people. Handwashing stations and footbaths are also in place.

According to Kraft, more than 160 personnel will be dispatched in the area composed of 90 police officers, 32 Task Force Davao, and more than 40 Civil Security Unit (CSU), City Health officers, and City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) personnel.

As everything is all set for the re-opening of the Roxas Night Market, Kraft called on all Dabawenyos and visitors to follow all the security and health protocols for everyone’s safety.

“Hinihingi naming ang kooperasyon po ng bawat dabawenyo at ang kanilang pakikiisa upang maging matagumpay itong atong reopening ng Roxas Night Market (We are asking for everyone’s cooperation for a successful reopening of the Roxas Night Market),” he said. CIO