PPP ap­proach for Ba­colod pub­lic mar­kets pushed

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

THE Ba­colod City Coun­cil urged City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia to form a tech­ni­cal work­ing group to study the pos­si­bil­ity of a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP) project for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the city pub­lic mar­kets and the Manokan Coun­try.

Coun­cilor Carl Lopez, who au­thored a res­o­lu­tion last week, said that it can be ob­served that sev­eral pub­lic mar­kets in the city and the Manokan Coun­try are de­te­ri­o­rat­ing due to wear and tear thereby need­ing a thor­ough re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

He said the city’s big pub­lic mar­kets are Cen­tral Mar­ket, Lib­er­tad Mar­ket, Bur­gos Mar­ket.

He added the tech­ni­cal work­ing group shall be com­posed by the City Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Of­fice, City En­gi­neer’s Of­fice, and the City Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice.

Lopez, chair­per­son of the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee on en­vi­ron­ment, noted that it is im­per­a­tive that the study con­ducted by the said tech­ni­cal work­ing group must be sub­mit­ted to the ap­pro­pri­ate com­mit­tee for ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Lopez pointed out that the pub­lic mar­ket is a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic en­ter­prise which is ex­pected to pro­vide ad­di­tional rev­enue to the city.

“Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the most ba­sic pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture such as pub­lic mar­kets will re­sult to the im­prove­ment of the well­be­ing of the ven­dors, and con­sumers, let alone the con­stituents of Ba­colod,” Lopez said.

Lopez dis­closed that op­er­at­ing and man­ag­ing safe and clean pub­lic mar­kets is one of the man­date of the city gov­ern­ment.*

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