The Bacolod Central Market has benefited from a support fund granted by the Department of Interior and Local Government an offshoot of the Seal of Good Housing Keeping earned by the city earlier, a press release from the city said.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor Jude Sayson, Councilor Caesar Distrito, DILG Community Affairs Assistant Tessie Banay, Operations Officer II Sandra Hechanova, and Executive Assistant Ernie Pineda led the groundbreaking ceremony for the P1.5 million Central Market rehabilitation program yesterday.
The repairs will improve the roof, upgrade the comfort rooms and put up a comfort room for people with disability.
Also present at the groundbreaking were city employees in the market and various market vendors’ associations.
Leonardia said that the Central Market is the first to obtain support from DILG’s Local Government Support Fund or LGSF.
He said the groundbreaking ceremony was meant to thank and honor the DILG.
The rehabilitation of the market will be finished by November 25, 20l2, the press release said.
Sayson, for his part, said that the DILG assistance is an offshoot of the city’s Seal of Good Housing Keeping Award given by DILG to the city.
Sayson thanked the city employees and the market vendors for their cooperation even as he expressed hope for more projects for the city’s three markets in 2013.
Hechanova, meanwhile, expressed gratitude for the ceremony and announced that the support fund was being granted to LGUs that have passed the Seal of Good Housekeeping requirement of the DILG.
Meanwhile, Councilor Distrito announced that vendors have only to pay the principal amount of their obligations to the city without need to pay interests and that their balances may be paid on installment, as covered by a Condonation Ordinance previously passed by the SP.
Under the ordinance, vendors who have not yet obtained their business permits, because of non-payment of rentals, may now do so.
Distrito added that the markets will not be privatized for the sake of the vendors.
Hesaid, 50 percetn of what they pay in the form of late payments will be applied for renovation purposes.*