Sulu town’s new public market now in operation PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 September 2012 14:48

The recently inaugurated P25 million worth Maimbung integrated public market is now fully operational in Sulu, according to Sulu Provincial Information Officer Sonny Abing III.

Abing reported that the project is under the PAMANA (PAyapa at MAsaganang PAmayanan or Peaceful and Resilient Communities) program, which is the national government’s peace and development framework for empowering conflict-affected areas in the country.

He said that although the project was just inaugurated last July 18, this year, the current activities in the new market attested to what Office of the Presidential on the Peace Process Secy. Teresita Deles remarked at the inauguration then that the market will be “a place of convergence and will showcase the abundance of potential for economic enterprise of Maimbung and the province as a whole”.

The market according to Sec. Deles, is also a way of the people realizing the benefits from government going down to the people and to send the signal that government is serious in making peace a reality in conflict prone areas.

During the inauguration, Sulu Governor Abdusakur M. Tan expressed his gratitude to Sec. Deles and President Aquino for taking cognizance of the needs and aspirations of the people of Sulu, and taking action “by funding projects like this public market which will help improve the lives of our people.”

Gov. Tan also asked stall occupants to maintain cleanliness and conduct business in an orderly manner, to make the marketplace conducive for good economic enterprise.

The inauguration ceremony last July 18 was attended by Mayors of different municipalities of the province, the provincial board members, heads of the different agencies of government, provincial officials, NGO’s and other organizations.

In his speech, Cong. Habib Tupay Loong, Reprensentative 1st district of Sulu, lauded Maimbung Mayor Samier A. Tan, Gov. Abdusakur Tan and Sec. Deles for this land mark accomplishment.

Loong reiterated his support for development projects in Sulu.

For his part, Mayor Samier Tan thanked Deles for making this project possible, and also to Gov. Tan for the support extended to the project and to Loong for contributing some P3 million to help fund the construction of the market.

“The project is a way to improve the lives of our people. This is a big step in pursuing improve economic activities in this municipality,” said Mayor Tan.
Deles pointed out that government funds are made available for the people’s need due to the principle of “Tuwid na Daan”. “God willing we will reach our goal of peace and development,” Deles said.

Gov. Tan and Deles also inspected other on-going projects in the province, such as: the Sulu Provincial Women’s Council and Site of the New Textile Building in Jolo, Core Shelter project and Timbangan Market in Indanan, Multipurpose Gym, Children’s Park and Water project in Maimbung.

Tan informed Deles that PAMANA projects are being implemented in the entire province.

The governor also mentioned the upcoming construction of a hospital and creation of a municipal cemetery in Brgy. Bualo to provide a special place for departed loved ones in the Maimbung. — PIA