Carbon’s facelift given go signal-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
THE reconstruction of Unit II of the Carbon Market may now proceed.
City Hall has given the Geety Realty Development Corp. the go signal for the project, said Market Administrator Raquel Arce.
Arce and personnel from the market administration completed the clearing operations in Unit II so work can start.
Work is scheduled to start on Oct. 1.
“We have been ready to start the reconstruction in Carbon market but we got caught up in the fire that razed Sitio Bato in Barangay Ermita,” Arce told reporters last Thursday when she presented the accomplishments of the Market Operations Department (MOD).
The fire last April displaced 2,500 individuals in the area.
Fire also razed Unit II in 1998. Then problems on design, budget and contractor stalled the project.
It was only early this year that the Cebu City Government terminated the contract with Young Builders Inc. so work can finally proceed.
Arce said that two weeks ago, the MOD cleared the illegal vendors in the area.
Shortly after, Arce received death threats.
“To be honest, I received a lot of death threats and as to who (these came from), we have our suspicions,” said Arce.
She did not disclose her suspect, but she said these threats are part of the hazards of the job.
Aside from being the market administrator, Arce is also the head of the Prevention Restoration Order Beautification Enhancement (Probe).
Both are sensitive positions because they involve cutting off the livelihood of illegal traders or uprooting illegal settlers from their homes.
Arce said two of the most recent jobs she did that were considered controversial were the clearing of Unit II in Carbon Market and the clearing of the illegal vendors on a sidewalk along Osmeña Blvd. near Colon St.
“In the clearing of Unit II, it wasn’t just the vendors who were displaced but also drug users who frequented the place,” Arce continued.
An illegal numbers game commonly known as video carera is also rampant in the cleared area.
Last Friday, it was reported that Arce was shot to death. That false report even reached Mayor Michael Rama.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 28, 2013.