Tal­isay in­au­gu­rates 3 big infra projects

The Tal­isay City gov­ern­ment in­au­gu­rated yes­ter­day three big-ticket in­fra­struc­ture projects in time for the city’s 17th Char­ter Day.

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Iris Mar­i­ani B. Al­gabre/KBQ

The projects in­clude the P165-mil­lion new Tabunok Pub­lic Mar­ket, P1-mil­lion Tal­isay City Tech­ni­cal Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­ter, and P5-mil­lion Women and Chil­dren De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter.

The city also turned over one ser­vice car and four mo­tor­cy­cles to the city po­lice.

Mayor Ed­uardo Gul­las led the in­au­gu­ra­tion and turnover rites, which started with a Mass followed by a bless­ing cer­e­mony for the new pub­lic mar­ket and the two cen­ters.

Also present dur­ing the bless­ing were Vice Mayor Alan Bu­cao and the mem­bers of the City Coun­cil.

Gul­las said the con­struc­tion of the new pub­lic mar­ket was a “dream come true” for the city.

He vowed to turn over the mar­ket stalls to the ven­dors by next month.

The project had cost the city gov­ern­ment P165 mil­lion, which is bro­ken down into P52 mil­lion for the first phase; P98 mil­lion for the sec­ond phase; and P15 mil­lion for third phase.

The P52-mil­lion phase one project cov­ers the ground­break­ing and the de­mo­li­tion of the old struc­tures, as well as the con­struc­tion of two build­ings— ad­min­is­tra­tive and com­mer­cial build­ings for dry goods.

The sec­ond phase of the project, on the other hand, cov­ers the com­plex type build­ing for fish, meat, veg­etable sec­tion, and the el­e­vated park­ing lot. While the third phase cov­ers the con­struc­tion of a sewage treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

The con­struc­tion of the sec­ond phase was stalled for months ow­ing to the de­lay in trans­fer­ring ven­dors to their makeshift stalls and in­stal­la­tion of elec­tri­cal wirings, among oth­ers.

The phase two was sup­posed to be fin­ished last De­cem­ber.

The project con­trac­tor for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the old Lag­tang Pub­lic Mar­ket, which will be used as a tech-voc cen­ter, is still con­duct­ing the fin­ish­ing touches.

The cen­ter for women and chil­dren, on the other hand, is set to be fully op­er­a­tional soon.

The one-story cen­ter pro­vides tem­po­rary shel­ter to women and chil­dren who have fallen vic­tims to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, abuse, and ex­ploita­tion.

The cen­ter sits on a 40-square me­ter gov­ern­ment prop­erty in the city.

The De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment in Cen­tral Visayas shelled out P2.2 mil­lion for the project con­struc­tion, while the city gov­ern­ment spent P2 mil­lion for the site de­vel­op­ment.

Gul­las said the city is look­ing for­ward to more projects this year.

IRIS MAR­I­ANI B. AL­GABRE

Tal­isay City Mayor Ed­uardo Gul­las (right) leads the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new Tabunok Pub­lic Mar­ket yes­ter­day. With him is Vice Mayor Alan Bu­cao.

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