All hands on deck: Preparation for the rehabilitation of public markets has begun

Iloilo City’s district markets are now undergoing renovations to transform these public facilities and services at par with the malls.

“Our public markets are being restored to allow the vendors to complete 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 Treñas stressed

Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) head Maricel Mabaquiao and Executive Assistant Simplicio Subaldo held a coordination meeting 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 of the rehabilitation of La Paz Public Market and Jaro Big Market, as well as the as traffic management during the construction period.

A consultative meeting was also held in preparation for the rehabilitation of the Jaro Big Market, which was attended by Mabaquiao, Market in-charge Thomas Raymund Hortillas, and representatives from the City Engineer's Office and the vendors' association.

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

Jaro Big Market and La Paz Public Market each received P365 million in funding from the Iloilo City Hall, while Arevalo Market received P150 million. Mandurriao Public Market, with a budget of P100 million, will be funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways, upon the coordination of Congresswoman Julienne Baronda.

Prospective investors are being offered the opportunity to invest in the development of the City Slaughterhouse, Iloilo Terminal Market, and Central Market through thee  Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), with technical assistance from the PPP Center.

Zach Golez

A lifestyle blogger based in Iloilo City

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