P20M needed to repair market-A A +A
Monday, January 6, 2014
THE Cebu City Government will need P20 million for the rehabilitation of the Pasil Fish Market after the facility was damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last October.
Markets Operations Division (MOD) chief Racquel Arce has asked the City Council to set aside the amount for the project.
Arce said it could be charged to the City’s Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund in 2013 worth more than P200 million.
In her letter to the council, the MOD has not yet attached a breakdown of the rehabilitation and restoration project.
The council, though, has asked the committee on budget and finance to review and look into MOD’s request.
The Pasil Fish Market was among the buildings in Cebu City that were heavily damaged by the October 15 earthquake.
The ceiling and parapet of the fish market collapsed, killing four people and displacing at least 120 fish retailers and wholesalers.
The displaced vendors transferred to the Pasil Fish Port so they can continue selling
The vendors will be allowed to go back to the fish market once the rehabilitation project is done.
Earlier, an ad hoc committee created by the council is asking that the rehabilitation be finished soon, saying the present location of the vendors are not conducive for both sellers and buyers.
The ad hoc committee said the fish port is “unsanitary and not properly arranged, considering that their trade is for food consumption.”
The committee is headed by then city councilor Michael Ralota.
Other members include councilors Roberto Cabarrubias, Gerardo Carillo, Eugenio Gabuya Jr. and Richard Osmeña, and structural engineer Ariel Cruz.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 07, 2014.