AKLAN -- Kalibo Vice Mayor Cynthia Dela Cruz has cited the prompt response of the local chief executive in its earlier proposal to rehabilitate the Kalibo Public and Wet Market at Barangay Andagao.
This after Kalibo Mayor Emerson Lachica last Monday, September 2, initiated a meeting to study the rehabilitation of the market last month.
Dela Cruz, together with municipal council member Buen Joy French, filed a resolution asking Lachica to push for the rehabilitation of the market.
The vice mayor said that as the national government undertakes a campaign to clean the streets, it is also important that the public market should also be fixed.
Dela Cruz said that she received concerns from both tourists and residents about the current state of the public market.
“The rehabilitation of the market could be done by the help of various government agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Provincial and the Municipal Engineering Office, among others,” she said.
At present, the Kalibo Public Market faces several challenges such as clogged drainage and pipes, improper disposal of garbage, dirty bamboo rods, narrow pathways, poor lighting, inefficient tables, and wet floors.
The resolution also suggests that the local finance committee and the Municipal Budget Office would study the proposal to grant full implementation of the subject for the availability of the funds.
Both Dela Cruz and French also request that for long term planning the Municipal Economic Enterprise Development Office (MEEDO) and the Municipal Engineer’s Office to implement the said rehabilitation.
“Long-term, the MPDO must lead in identifying the best location for a new public market because the current one badly needs major rehab and causing heavy traffic in the area,” she added.
Dela Cruz also proposed to find another bigger public market to decongest the town proper and to expand the developments to other villages.