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MARKETS’ FACELIFT GAINS TRACTION

The redevelopment of Iloilo Central and Terminal Markets got backing from llonggo community, big business groups, academe, companies, transport and various sectors, barangays, and local and national officials alike.

Mayor Jerry Treñas stressed the transformation of modern public markets at no expense to the City Government will realize the long-time dreams of Ilonggos for convenience and better services.

Comfort rooms, effective drainage system, flood-free area, and parking facilities will make it easy and accessible for the public when buying their needs in the markets with mall ambiance.

The City Government and SM Prime Holdings, through Public-Private Partnership (PPP), have been finalizing the development plans of two markets, both in City Proper.
Temporary market stalls are now being prepared for vendors to transfer so it won’t hamper economic activities at the start of construction works.
The Iloilo Economic Development Foundation; Iloilo Business Club; Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Iloilo, Inc.; Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iloilo Chapter; Iloilo Hotel Restaurants and Resorts Association; Bakers’ Association of Iloilo; and Bankers Association of Iloilo, among others, supported the improvement.
They agreed the PPP project is an urgent need as part of economic recovery from the adverse effects of pandemic, and to create new opportunities for micro and small enterprises to bounce back.
The operations will remain with the City Government under the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO), including collection of tax dues. There’s no displacement of vendors as bonafide stall holders are assured of spaces. Additional stalls are expected when it became spacious.
Vendors favored the markets rehabilitation because of the benefits.

For Shirley, a carinderia owner for 20 years at Central Market, “it will be more presentable, without stinking smell from drainage, no more leaking roof when raining, and no more pests roaming.”

For Ton-Ton, a meat vendor at Super for 15 years, “there will be regulated entry of meat, beef and fish products. The designated places for vendors to sell will be much easier to locate, and going in and out of the market will be smooth. Sanitary surroundings will mean no flies and bugs.”

For Melba, vendor of assorted goods and household recipes for eight years, “there will be organized stalls. There will be no more flooding during heavy rains and drainage stench, while the floors will remain dry even when wet goods are being delivered. The pests will also be controlled and prevented.”

The revitalization will liven up the Calle Real or old business district in downtown and will become an attraction at the center of the metro. (Iloilo City PIO)

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