Dads press for Magsaysay Fish Market improvement
MAGSAYSAY Fish Market building is dilapidated, its roofs are leaking, the drainage is not functioning and its toilets are filthy and stink.
This was how the poor state of the market was described by Councilor Teresa Coquia, which was corroborated by Pro Tempore Karlos Reyna, presiding officer, after the presentation of the proposed project for the improvement of the Magsaysay Fish Market by officials of the City Engineering Office to the Sangguniang Panlungsod last November 18.
Coquia noted that P10 million was downloaded to Dagupan City by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under the Local Government Support Fund for Cities for the improvement of the Magsaysay Fish Market yet, part of the fund will also be used for the improvement of comfort rooms at the Malimgas Market, the Makong Market and the Galvan Market.
She said another P10 million was also allocated under Supplemental Budget No. 2 passed by Sangguniang Panlungsod about a month ago.
Engr. Franklin Catubig told the SP that project plans are being made initially for the replacement of the whole roofing of the facility, including its gutters and downspouts, toilets, provision of a bigger septic tank, ventilation and others, adding when the plans for this project are ready, it will be put up for public bidding by the city’s Bids and Awards Committee.
The second phase of the project using the P10 million allocated in Supplemental Budget No. 2 includes the elevation of the fish market by about one foot and provision and improvement of the facility’s drainage system.
Councilor Michael Fernandez reacted saying that the less than one foot elevation of the facility might not be sufficient since Pantal River constantly overflows its bank.
Councilor Coquia said stallholders of the Magsaysay Fish Market have been complaining about the holes in the roof of the facility that no longer protects them from the rain after religiously paying their rentals to the city government for the last two years. (Leonardo Micua)
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