TALISAY City Mayor-elect Eduardo Gullas plans to tap architecture and engineering students of the University of the Visayas (UV) to help come up with the design for the new Tabunok Public Market.

The newly-elected city mayor, who is also UV president, said he wants his university’s best architecture and engineering students to help him come up with the design for the new market.

Gullas said he wants a design that can accommodate a one-storey building within a 1.3 ha. property of the old market in Tabunok.

He also wants a design that will include a covered parking space for the tricycle drivers in the city.


Gullas said he plans to reward the student who can come up with the winning design for the market.

Once construction begins, regular vendors will not be displaced as they plan to construct the building in phases, Gullas assures.

The construction of the new market is one of Gullas’s top priorities during his first 100 days in office.

Aside from the Tabunok public market, other priorities Gullas plans to implement during his “honeymoon period” includes the conversion of the Lagtang Public Market into a technical-vocational school.

Another priority that Gullas wants done on his first 100 days in office is improving the existing facilities for the Talisay City College.

Gullas said that once the local college’s Board of Trustees will reconvene, he plans to convince the Board to come up with steps that would improve the TCC, such as making it K to 12 ready.

Gullas lamented that since TCC’s management was transferred to the outgoing administration, it has become less performing than it has in the past years.


Since its founding in 2004, TCC had produced topnotchers, particularly from its education courses.

Gullas also plans to coordinate with his grandson, reelected Rep. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas (Cebu, 1st district) to amend the Republic Act 10594 or the law that converts TCC from a local college to a state college.

Even though the law was passed three years ago, TCC’s journey as a state college hits a snag after Gullas, then a congressman, failed to change the law’s provision that would allow the local college’s conversion.

With his grandson reelected as congressman, Gullas said that amendments of the law will soon be on the way.