Lorega vendors move to new site

MORE than 30 vendors of the old Barangay Lorega Public Market on the center island of New Imus Road moved to a new site in the interior portion of the barangay.

The move was initiated by the Cebu City Government to give way to a wider pedestrian lane and a park that will be constructed in the area.

Members of the Lorega-San Miguel Vendors’ Association yesterday removed their stalls following an order from the City Government.

The 28 members of the association and seven other vendors, who tore down their structures, have started selling their goods at the new market site.

Five vendors, who are not members of the association and heeded the order, however, were still waiting for word from City Hall if they will be allowed to sell in the new public market.

Decision

Marciano Ando, association president, said that they understand the decision of the City to transfer them amid concerns of fewer customers at the new market.

He said he also learned that there is a need to fast-track the clearing of the old market because of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Cebu.

Lourdes Reyes, one of the five vendors, said that she and the remaining four vendors are hopeful that the City will help them since there are still vacant stalls at the new market.

Acting City Market Administrator Arnel Quijano said the new market facility has 40 stalls, which will be managed by the barangay.

A team from the Prevention, Restoration, Order Beautification and Enhancement (Probe) helped the vendors in the clearing operation yesterday.

When a fire hit the barangay in March last year, Mayor Michael Rama tasked City Administrator Lucelle Mercado to look for a new site where the market will be transferred even if it was spared by the fire.

When the City completed the re-blocking plan for the fire-stricken area, a portion of the entire lot was allocated for the market.

Rama said a design for a proposed park in the area will be made by architect Socorro Atega.

The park at the old Lorega market will complement the heritage park that will be built at the old Doña Pepang cemetery, which is located a few meters from New Imus Road.

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