Dialogue set today to discuss market misconception

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


A DIALOGUE is set today, May 7, to discuss the Iloilo City’s central public market following complaints from stall owners saying they were not informed on the project’s bidding.

Market vendors headed by Rex Jiz Donasco sent a letter of protest dated May 2, 2014 to city administrator Norlito Bautista saying they were not consulted on the offer for bidding under the guise of privatization of the public market.

Bautista said the central public market revitalization is a joint venture project between the City Government of Iloilo and a private entity and not a privatization.

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The meeting, which will be conducted by the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC), will be attended by officers of the Association of Stallowners and Transient Vendors of Iloilo City Public Market Inc. (Astraven Icpmi).

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said there is no final bidder yet for the central public market project. [Read more here]

Bautista said the legitimate vendors were already aware of the proposed project since 2008 and the consultation today will thresh out misunderstanding on the market project.

Bautista said the central market has over 1,000 stalls, but only one third are operating. The lease rate at the current level is being adjusted every five years at 15 percent or three percent per year.

The project covers 1.4 hectares of land area bounded by four city streets in the city proper such as Iznart, Aldeguer, Rizal, and Guanco streets.

A feasibility study made in 2008 by Concept Phil. hired by the Cities Development Initiative in Asia (CDIA) calling for the redevelopment and revitalization of the central public market in the city amounting to some P700 million.

The plan calls for a mixed use industrial type market complex that include the heritage building and consisting of interconnected shops and stalls in four to five stories including a parking area.

A Term of Reference (TOR) was set to cover the project specifically on bidders who wanted to redevelop the central market into a more viable and profitable avenue for business.

Bautista said the TOR covers a 30-year period and protects the legitimate existing vendors. A 5,000 square meters is provided for the wet and dry sections at the ground floor area of the market.

City Council Resolution 2014-136 amended the TOR for the Iloilo City central business district revitalization project by deleting the two subcomponents namely Aldeguer night and weekend market, and the JM Basa Calle Real sidewalk rehabilitation limiting the scope of the project to the central market only.

Bautista said the City Government will undertake the implementation of the two deleted subcomponents.

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