Bankerohan Market not a City property yet

Photo by Mark Perandos

REHABILITATING the Bankerohan Public Market would still be impossible as of now due to lack of "proof of ownership" of the land it is on.

Davao City Economic Enterprise (CEE) head Maribeth Lumactod admitted her office is still securing for the market's land ownership title.

Lumactod said it is the requirement of Commission on Audit before the city will be granted funds for its rehabilitation.

At present, the Bankerohan Market is still under the property of the Marfori family.

"Bankerohan (Market), as of now, is not a City Government property. As of now, sa Marfori na (It is owned by the Marforis). They say it is donated. But per documents, wala pa jud mi nakit-an (We haven't found its document yet)," Lumactod said, adding the lot allocated is under deed of donation.

She said this had been a long-time problem since the market badly needs to be rehabilitated after receiving various sanitation complaints.

"Kung magrehab mi, ginagmay lang among pwede himuon (We can only conduct minor fixes for now)," Lumactod said.

She said, unlike in Bankerohan, the rehabilitation of the Agdao Public Market pushed through since it was able to secure its deed of donation.

Recently, some streets of the market had been flooded for days due to clogged canals.

Some vendors complained that the flooding is already affecting their livelihood.

The CEE, together with the City Engineer's Office (CEO) and Ancillary Services Unit (ASU), is currently addressing the problem.

ASU head Paul Bermejo, meanwhile, said his office already deployed two vactor trucks to drain the stagnant waters in the area.

Bermejo said his team and the CEO are examining the area for further recommendations on the situation.

He said CEO head Joseph Felizarta already called an emergency meeting to discuss the market's drainage problem.

Lumactod, meanwhile, said her office is now in the process of resolving the problem with the land ownership.

"In fact, naa mi gi-hire na isa ka tao para mututok sa income generating properties na ang titles mabalhin sa ato (We already hired someone to monitor the transfer of land ownership of some of our income generating properties)," she said.


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