Lawyer to vendors: Stop listening to speculations

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Friday, May 9, 2014


A LAWYER in Iloilo City has told the vendors and stall owners at the Iloilo City central market to stop listening to speculations regarding their eviction next month from their market spaces.

City Legal Office (CLO) chief Dan Dinopol said there is no prequalification yet of the lone bidder at the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) and the long process of selection may take several months.

Dinopol said the SBAC will prequalify the lone bidder SM Prime Holdings Inc. A proposed schedule of the whole process showed that the awards of SBAC may come by September 2014.

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After City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog will seek the approval of the City Council to sign the contract with the bidder, the City Council committee on markets and slaughterhouse will conduct public hearings for the market stakeholders.

The public hearings will gather the sentiments of market vendors and stall owners for possible inputs to an enacted city ordinance to allow a joint venture agreement with the lone offeror and the City Government.

Dinopol said that without any snags on the project, the proposed schedule shows the construction of a new central market may commence on the first quarter of January 2015 depending on the actions of the City Council.

The proposed construction may take two years or to finish by the first quarter of 2017.

The vendors will be transferred to Aldeguer, Guanco and Rizal Ma. Clara streets for two years until the new building is finished. The wet and dry good sections will be located at the ground floor while shops, salons, and restaurants will be at the second to fourth floors.

Mabilog has assured no displacement of any vendor and those with legal contract must not be afraid to loss their market stalls or spaces at the central market. Those who are not original stallholders but occupying the stall and space should start making their stall right by applying legally at the market-in-charge in order for them to be accommodated at the new central market.

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