Rehab of city’s public markets up

Bacolod City Administrator Em Ang.

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Bacolod City Administrator Em Ang said Wednesday that three public markets here are up for repair and rehabilitation this year.

These are the Burgos, Central, Libertad markets and the Vendors Plaza at the reclamation area.

Ang, who recently assumed her post after former congressman John Orola resigned, told Daily Guardian here that the budget for the repairs is included in the Annual Investment Program (AIP).

“We are waiting for the full project implementation,” Ang said.

She added that “from the AIP last year, there is P10 million for the central market however the project was suspended pending DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) clearance.”

Ang said that until now, they are waiting for the DILG legal opinion before proceeding even if the project was already awarded to the contractor.

Another P4 million was set aside for the ongoing rehabilitation of the Libertad market’s meat section.

On the other hand, Ang said that the P25 million for the vendors’ plaza was requested in the last quarter of 2019 but they are still waiting for the availability of funds.

There is also the fabrication and repair of pushcarts for transporting garbage to the dump trucks in preparation for the full implementation of waste segregation in early March 2020.

Ang said the city is also updating the payment of stall rentals.