Friday, May 29, 2020

Mayor Celso Regencia: The New Public Market will benefit all Iliganons

(Tuesday, 8th day of January 2019)


Mayor Celso Regencia clarifies issue regarding the proposed 400 million two-storey public market in the city of Iligan. According to his critics, the mayor allegedly forsake the vendors and the Local Government Unit of Iligan City did not have a proper dialogue with them.

Proposed New Public Market

After much deliberation and planning, the Local Government of Iligan City decided to build a brand new 400 million two-storey public market for the people in Iligan. According to Mayor Regencia, he sees the need of constructing a better public market because of the worsening condition of the public market.

“Kay atong Sabado nagsubay mi ni Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz ug Kagawad Noli Pardillo. Grabe najud ang kahugaw. Buslot na ang atop. Pita ang salog. Lapok kaayo ang tubig (Last Staurday, together with Vice Mayor Jemar vera Cruz and Councilor Noli Pardillo, we inspected the public market. It was a mess. The roofs are damaged, the floors are muddy and the water is dirty),” he said.

Help from the Government

Mayor Celso also discussed the issue regarding the contract. “Ang kamatuoran mao kini. Ang kontrata sa tag-iya, tali sa namaligya ug sa syudad nitapos atong Oktubre 31 pa unta. Pero akong gitahasan si Virginia Junsan (EEDMO Head) nga ipa extend ug duha sa bulan, Kinahanglan magdungan sila ug balhin sa balhinanan (The truth is this. The contract, between the vendors and city, expired last October 31. However, I told Virginia Junsan (EEDMO Head) to extend the contract for 2 months. I want them to transfer together in the proposed place mandated by the city),” he said.

Mayor Regencia emphasized that the Local Government of Iligan did their best in helping the vendors in transferring to Bagsakan 1 & 1. “Dili man pud mi hangal-hangal nga papahawaon lang sila nga dili mahimutang sa atong kabalhinan (We are not stupid to not assist them in transferring them properly to another place),” he said.

Mayor Regencia further added that the Local Government Unit of the city properly processed the necessary papers needed for the transfer of the vendors. “Gani nag-ayuda ta ug abang para ang namaligya dinha mapahimutang gayud dinha sa Bagsakan 1 & 2 (The government subsidized the rent of the vendors so that they can be at ease in Bagsakan 1 & 2),” he added.

Change for the Better

Mayor Regencia emphasized that this move will bring change that the Iliganons will enjoy for many years. “Imposible man kaayo nga magbuhat ta ug merkado nga nindot unya mahimong kadautan na sa kadaghanan (It is impossible to think that building a new and improved public market will bring damage to the majority of Iliganons),” he said.

Mayor Regencia also added that if some cities in the Philippines can have a clean, better, and improved public market, there is no reason that Iligan City cannot have one. “Kaayuhan sa kadaghanan atong gihuna-huna (The greatest good for the majority is what we aspire to do),” he said.


– –  Louise Lourfe P. Malazarte / CIO