Mabilog to consult vendors on market project

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Monday, May 12, 2014

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is slated to meet more than 500 stallholders and vendors of the city central public market to thresh out some kinks and misconception on the proposed central market redevelopment and revitalization.

Mabilog said he is ready to consult the sentiments of the vendors on Thursday afternoon in the City Hall and present to them the proposed market development schedule as dictated by a Term of Reference (TRO) approved by the City Council.

Meanwhile, Rex Donasco, president of the Association of Stallowners and Transient Vendors of the Iloilo City Public Market Inc. and militant organizer Jory Porquia will lead a picket within this week at the central market denouncing the plan of the City Government to revitalize market through a private corporation.


But Mabilog reiterated that the project, conceptualized in 2008, is definitely not a privatization of the central market but a joint venture between the city and a private corporation who answered the call of the city for an investment to help the city collect expected revenues.

He said the special bids and awards committee (SBAC) will start the bidding process and possibly a negotiated bid contract after the lone bidder SM Primeholdings has completed and submitted its pertinent documents.

A pre-bid conference and submission of financial and technical documents by the bidder will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014, while the awarding of bidder will be held in September 2014.

Construction of the new central market for a two-year period is slated to start by the first quarter of 2015 until completion by the first quarter of 2017.

Mabilog assured no displacement of legitimate market vendors as they will be accommodated in the new building. The city aims to elevate the market on competitive status with safe and clean market to make it more profitable.

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