Monday, July 22, 2019

Rehab on Davao City's wet markets eyed

WITH the ongoing rehabilitation of the Agdao Public Market, the Davao City Economic Enterprise (CEE) is also eyeing to rehabilitate other wet markets in the city, including Bankerohan Public Market.

At present, the rehabilitation of the soon-to-rise three- to four-story Agdao Farmer's Market, which costs P2 billion, is expected to be completed early 2021.

CEE head Maribeth Lumactod said that along with Agdao, Bankerohan is one of the biggest public markets in the city that need urgent rehabilitation.

Lumactod said aside from sanitation complaints, wherein the canals between the fish and market section have been overflowing, she said they wanted to utilize the second floor as a frozen section.

"Plano namo ibutang didtoa ang mga freezers para ang ubang areas maopen for wrapping (We plan to put freezers there, so other areas will be utilized for wrapping)," she said.

Meanwhile, she said CEE is also targeting to rehabilitate the Panacan Public Market.

But Lumactod said the City Government is still settling the market's proof of ownership.

"Dakong balakid kaayo ning proof of ownership sa Panacan kay although naa na ta'y land title, pero dali namo siya makita (We have a problem with the Panacan ownerhip since we can't find the title)," she said.

The CEE head said unless her office cannot secure the document, the rehabilitation cannot proceed, as the City Engineer's Office (CEO) would require it in making of the project's cost estimates.

Lumactod said there are also plans to make the Agdao market airconditioned as it was included in their original proposal.

Meanwhile, she said affected meat and fish vendors are temporarily placed in Buildings 1 and 3, wherein fruits and vegetables, rice and corn, ukay-ukay are currently occupying.

Despite the rehabilitation, Lumactod said the market did not experience loss of stall vendors and its income was not affected.


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