City’s first modern satellite market to rise next year

BAGUIO CITY – The city government is targeting to establish the Summer Capital’s first ever modernized satellite market in the Gibraltar-Pacdal district area by next year in line with the executive-legislative collective core agenda on market modernization.
This was revealed by councilor Philian Weygan-Allan, chair of the august body’s committee on market, trade, commerce and agriculture, in Monday’s flag-raising rites at City Hall before local officials, employees and guests headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Rep. Mark Go and Vice-Mayor Faustino Olowan.
She said the much-anticipated facility will include underground parking, sections for wet and dry goods including souvenir and apparel, offices and services areas, with the top floor envisioned to be a food court.
Weygan-Allan disclosed that the satellite market is supported by the concerned district’s barangay captains thru an earlier signed manifesto expressing their support for the project.
“That is commitment,” she stressed.
The lady official explained that in 2006, a satellite market resolution was passed that resulted in the establishments of “talipapas” (wet markets) in several barangays of the city. She pointed out, however, that these facilities did not allegedly reflect what a “market” is without elaborating on the matter.
“So we focused on pending ordinances and an ongoing project,” Allan said adding that public hearings were conducted in six barangay districts towards the crafting of the “Baguio City Barangay District Satellite Markets Ordinance”.
She said that officials of the Irisan and Dontogan barangays cluster are taking initial steps by identifying the area for their own district’s modernized satellite market.
In her message, the councilor also encouraged city hall workers to visit the night market at Harrison Road that she said is “more orderly with attractive tents, improved food section with a washing area and portalets.”
Allan explained that the marked improvement was due to several general assemblies and consultations conducted by her committee with the 1,067 night market vendors that led to agreements for a more orderly enterprise.
The city’s night market has become a popular destination for tourists and residents.**gaby keith

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