Iloilo City Public Markets Gear Up For Modernization

Iloilo City's district markets are getting a major renovation as preparations have started to transform these public facilities at par with the malls

The redevelopment of public markets intends to create a cleaner and more accessible hub for the consumers as to create a medium for local vendors to compete with major businesses and improve their source of living.

"Our public markets are being restored to allow the vendors to compete with the malls, and the convenience they give to the Ilonggos. We see enhanced economic activities for the vendors once the markets are renovated," Mayor Jerry Trenas said.

Maricel Mabaquiao, Head of the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO), and Executive Assistant Simplicio Subaldo conducted a coordination meeting together with Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) Head Jeck Conlu, City Architect's Office Head Arch. Regina Gregorio, and representatives of F. Gurrea Construction.

The meeting was called for the discussion on the rehabilitation of Iloilo City's district markets namely the La Paz Public Market, Arevalo Public Market, and Jaro Big Market, and traffic management during the construction period.

In preparation for the rehabilitation of Jaro Big Market, a consultative meeting was also conducted which was attended by Mabaquiao, Market In-Charge Thomas Raymund Hortillas, and representatives from the City Engineer's Office and vendor association

Another consultative meeting was done with Arch. Gregorio, Arch. Jun Balinas, and President of Arebalo Public Market Vendors Association.

The City Hall has allotted funding of P395-million each for Jaro Big Market and La Paz Market while the P150-million is for Arevalo Market.
Mandurriao Public Market which has a budget of P100-million will come from the funds of the Department of Public Works and Highways upon coordination of Congresswoman Julienne Baronda.

Take a look at the renderings provided:

Proposed La Paz Market Redevelopment 

Proposed Jaro Public Market Exterior Perspective (Left Side View)

Proposed Jaro Public Market Aerial Perspective

Jaro Public Market Ground Floor Plan

Jaro Public Market Second Floor Plan

Jaro Public Market Proposed Site Development Plan

Proposed Arevalo Market Redevelopment

A temporary area as relocation is targeted by the end of the first quarter.

Iloilo Terminal Market and Central Market, both in City Proper, and the city slaughterhouse are being offered to prospective investors to be developed through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with technical assistance from PPP Center.
Zach Golez

A lifestyle blogger based in Iloilo City

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