P45M complex underway at main market — Celso PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 February 2012 13:24

Mayor Celso Lobregat has announced the ongoing construction of a P45 million complex at the old public market, as the city government seeks to ensure comfort and convenience to both market goers and occupants.

The complex, with 9 new public market buildings is undergoing construction at what used to be the Ping’s Commercial and the surrounding buildings. The project is part of the major makeover initiatives in at the public market in 2012.

The new market complex is one of the flagship projects of Mayor Lobregat this year and was one of the highlights during his state of the city report before the City Council last January 25.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. said the new market complex will house the over 200 stall occupants engaged in various businesses that include grocery or sale of dry goods, carinderia (eateries), barter and dried fish.

The over 200 stall occupants are the original occupants of the former Ping’s commercial and the surrounding buildings and are temporarily housed in various areas inside the 5-hectare public market area.

Since 2007, the Lobregat administration has undertaken repair and construction of various buildings inside the main market in line with the market modernization program.

The main market is one of the economic enterprises of the city aside from the Sta. Cruz market, Bagsakan Center, Cold Storage and the City Abattoir.

The City administrator reported that in 2011, the economic enterprises had fared well with a sustained level of collection/ income at P34.11 million considering that a good number of stalls were declared closed preparatory to the conduct of public raffles at the main market and Sta. Cruz commercial complex.

On the other hand, revenues derived from the new parks and gardens shot up by 78.75%- P6.596 million in 2010 to P11.79 million in 2011 with Paseo del Mar and Plaza del Pilar bringing in most of the revenues. The laminar shooting jets fountain was constructed at the Jardin Maria Clara and 6 food stalls were reopened following the amendment of the ordinance. — Sheila Covarrubias