Disarray market needs to be transformed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:43

“We will build a high rise structure to expand the city’s main market with complete facilities including parking areas. And expand sattelite markets like the Sta Cruz.”

This is one of the 25-point agenda publicly announced by the Zamboanguenos for the Transformation of Zamboanga (ZTZ) headed by its founder  mayoralty aspirant Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos.

ZTZ has noted that the main public market has been topsy turvy and garbage proliferate, giving impressions that it’s not only dirty but food people buy are unfit for human consumption.

“While parking of vehicles is strictly prohibited outside the market compound, yet motorcycles are found and tolerated parked in the market alleys,” ZTZ noted.

Makeshift stalls are also found in the middle of market roads, making marketgoers difficult to do their marketing chores. Ambulant vendors have to run away from market personnel confiscating their goods as spaces for vendors are not available.

Many marketgoers also complain about becoming victims of pickpocketing or swindled because thieves, including the so-called Rugby boys abound in the market.

Jalosjos believes the only solution to parking and vending spaces is to construct high-rise market structure to expand the market, which the present city government is not doing.

“Parking spaces are important because marketgoers don’t need to carry their heavy goods far from the market,” ZTZ said. “Market facilities include other amenities that marketgoers need.”

“All public markets should be the top priority of the local government more than any other infrastructure projects because the food that we eat come from there,” ZTZ added.