Beng bares P10-M market comprehensive rehab plan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 14:55

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco unveiled Monday her administration’s comprehensive plan amounting to P10-million to rehabilitate the old waterfront public market downtown.

In her weekly press briefing, Climaco announced that some buildings (rows) at the market are in dire need of repair for them to function and serve well both the stall owners and the marketgoers.

The chief executive has instructed the city engineer to rush up the rehabilitation plan for the market from the existing structures to physical arrangement of the stalls vis-à-vis the wet and the dry sections, which have become filthy and messy.

She said proper physical arrangement has to be implemented at the market so that everybody will have equal opportunity to earn income as some stall owners would want to be in the frontage area and most refused to be at the back portion as marketgoers do not go further inside.

According to the mayor, some visitors, who have gone to the old public market, were impressed at the wide array of resources (marine and agri products) but were commenting on messy set up particularly at the wet and dry sections.

“We will rehabilitate the market so that they will be given an opportunity for decent livelihood,” Climaco said.

She explained that part of the comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the old market is the drainage system and other facilities inside.

The mayor also reiterated as a matter of policy the prohibition on anyone to sleep inside market at night. “We are strictly imposing this prohibition.”

She further added that the city will also review the rental rates at the market.

The old public market, Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex and the slaughterhouse form part of the city government’s economic enterprises that are now under the direct supervision of Assistant City Administrator for Economic Enterprises Maria Angelique Go.— Vic Larato