PPP approach for Bacolod public markets pushed
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.*