Baguio officials plan to rehabilitate public market

January 26, 2011 1:00 pm 

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 26 — The city government is considering measures not to subject more than 500 businessmen and professionals housed in a dilapidated portion of the public market to immediate displacement, according to City Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas.

As presiding officer of the city council, he said, the portion along Magsaysay Avenue where cereals are sold and various offices and shops are located had long been declared by the city engineers office as condemned.

The wooden structures which existed since the late 1940s was found by the Baguio Fire Station (BFS) to be fire-prone although it survived the "killer quake" in 1990.

As of now, the new developments of the city market have at least give visitors and improved outlook where they buy their souvenirs, vegetables and dry goods.

However, Farinas said there are more developments the city wants to do with the public market so that it will soon become one of the best in the country.

"We are closely studying all possible developments we can do prior to the time that we can start the planned six-storey public market building with the latest features in engineering requirements," he said. (PNA)

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