500 Carbon vendors to be moved upon construction of Unit II-A A +A
Friday, October 5, 2012
SOME 500 vendors are expected to be evacuated next week, as the Cebu City Government will start the construction of the long overdue Unit II of the Carbon Public Market.
City Market Administrator Racquel Bohol-Arce said the vendors, who are occupying the area where the Unit II will be built, will have to be evacuated so that the construction works, which will start by the end of the month, will not be hampered.
Arce said the 500 vendors, who are selling grocery items, vegetables, and rice and corn, will have to be transferred to an area on M.L. Quezon Blvd. starting next week.
Arce said the vendors will have to stay there for at least one year because the project will take a year to build.
She said the vendors are willing to transfer there while the construction of the project is going on.
The project will be funded by the P170-million approved budget from the City.
The City, though, still needs to appropriate another P100 million becuase the project cost is P270-million for it to be completed.
Arce said her office will coordinate with the City Traffic Operations Management on the possible rerouting to avoid traffic problem along M.L. Quezon Blvd.
Arce said that the construction of the Unit II did not undergo bidding.
The works, she said, will be undertaken by the Young Builders Corp. It is the same contractor that was awarded during the time of former mayor Alvin Garcia to rebuild the Unit II building when it was razed by a fire in 1998.
Arce said that the litigation of the City’s case with Young Builders will temporarily be set aside.
To recall, Young Builders demanded a P6 million payment from the City for project variations in 2008.
This is because the City, during the time of former mayor and now Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district), decided to build a ramp instead of proceeding with the rebuilding of the structure.
The City, later on, decided to pay the amount, with the condition for Young Builders to put up a bond. The construction company, however, refused to comply.
The City then decided to cancel the contract and told Young Builders to file a case in court to collect the money.
Arce said the City will hold the groundbreaking of the project on Oct. 27.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 05, 2012.