By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN –Vendors victimized by the fire that gutted the public market here in 2009 are returning to their respective stalls located at the new public market.
Market supervisor Juan Garcia said that at present, 90 percent of the stalls are already occupied and that by June 6, all the stalls would be occupied.
A source who asked anonymity said that because of the pro-active stance of Mayor Herminio Romero, local revenues increase yearly because of the confidence of customers and traders.
He said that collection in 2009, 2010, 2011 increased by P4 million, P5.5Million, and P7.3Million.
The market was burned on December 2009.
The construction of this town’s public market was financed by Rep. Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan) through her P70 million yearly Priority Development Assistance Fund and the P60 million loans this town contracted with the Land Bank of the Philippines.
The loan from LBP was P60 million while the PDAF from Rep. de Venecia is P20 million.
Mayor Romero explained that the new edifice has been elevated significantly to avoid flooding.
“Even the vendors are at their respective villages would not be worrying about floods that could drown their merchandise,” he said.
The mayor said the eastern road of the market will be expanded to accommodate the growing human and vehicular traffics, and that he would assign guards to watch the market 24 hours a day.