THE ongoing road and drainage projects in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City have pushed the reopening date of the fish market located in the coastal barangay.
Cebu City Market Administrator Irvin Cabales said the market’s new reopening date is not later than Aug. 30, 2020.
The Pasil Fish Market’s reopening was supposed to take place today, Aug. 15 after three months of temporary closure.
Last May 2, Mayor Edgardo Labella ordered the temporary closure of the market after cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) surged in Barangays Suba and Pasil.
Cabales said the road and drainage projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways
(DPWH) 7 delay vehicles from entering and leaving the market area.
To make sure that the market will open before August ends, Cabales coordinated with the City Engineering Office to establish an alternative road in the area.
He said the City Engineering Office personnel has checked the fish market’s vicinity; they told him to make the area intended for vendors as the temporary road.
Cabales said the Pasil Fish Market’s reopening would be stalled further if his office opted to wait for the DPWH 7 to finish its projects.
Cabales said there is no need to ask for another budget to fund temporary road as the City Engineering Office will use its existing resources.
About 200 vendors are expected to go back to selling at the Pasil Fish Market.
Ambulant vendors are assigned to occupy the phase one of the market. The retailers are in phase two, the renovated portion of the market building.
Pending the market’s reopening, the vendors are selling fish at the Bagsakan at the South Road Properties. (JJL)