Bulanao Public Market ‘residents’ given the option to rent a stall or relocate

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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Residential house owners at the Bulanao Public Market commercial lot are being given the option to choose either to be a priority for the selection of stalls for the new public market or to get relocated in a lot to be provided by the city government as the construction of the Private Public Partnership Bulanao Public Market Project will start probably next month.

Tabuk City Mayor Darwin Estrañero in a dialogue with the vendors/residential house owners at the Bulanao Public Market on July 4, said that the vendors/residents explained that the city government understands the anxiety of having their homes demolished so his administration is also looking for remedies to help them out.

Ti city government ket Gumatdang iti daga nga umakaran yu nu kayat yu ti ma-relocate,” he said expressing that he understands their situation but there is a need to already improve the public market to make it more convenient for both the vendors and the consumers.

During the dialogue, the clarified that the Public Market construction will be done first before the proposed mall and that there is no truth that the public market will be placed inside the mall.

“Agsabali daytoy a pasilidad, ket umuna iti public market. Saan kayo kuma a paalilaw a kasla mall lang ti maipatakder ta priority tayo latta ti public market,” he said adding that there will also be a terminal to be constructed.

Estrañero also informed that the Environmental Management Bureau has assessed the public market and found out several violations on sanitation to include its being utilized as residential area for several stall owners.

The mayor said that the city government partnered with a private investor because the local government cannot fund the construction of the new public market because although the city has over a billion internal revenue allotment (IRA), the CLGU has other projects to support such as health, agriculture, education, social services and the like and that only PhP 250 million can be used for infrastructure for the whole city.

He then asked the vendors/residents for their understanding and that they should not impede the progress of the city just for personal interests.

The current occupants that include grocery stores, dry goods, fish and meat vendors to ambulant vendors will be prioritized to have their own stalls of their own choosing depending on what section they belong.

Estrañero also reiterated that the project will push through reminding that there is a contract signed by the occupants with the then municipal government allowing them to construct houses but will vacate them once the LGU would need it.

Concerned individuals are told to immediately submit their letter of intent to the Bulanao Centro Barangay Hall for the reservation and final listing of those who are interested. He also reminded that non-submission of intent would mean non-interest for the prioritization for reservation of either a stall or a lot for relocation.

By Edward Joseph Gacuya

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