City reports higher revenues from market operations

By September 8, 2013Business, News

A NEW system for cash ticket collection with stricter monitoring is proving effective in Dagupan as the city government reported a 506% increase in delivery van receipts to P81,750 last August from only P13,500 in the same month last year.

Mayor Belen Fernandez is optimistic that the improved collection will be sustained and there will be no need to impose new taxes on the business sector under her “Balon Dagupan” (New Dagupan) program.

Overall, Christine F. Manalo, cash receipts division chief, reported that cash ticket collection for the month of August went up to P1.3 million compared to P345,300 in August 2012.

She said with the 24/7 monitoring now done at the Magsaysay Fish Market, delivery van collections at night time have totaled P40,500 while daytime collection stood at P41,250.

A 200% increase in cash ticket collection from traders in the public market was also reported earlier.

Aside from assigning 10 inspectors from the ranks of new employees, collectors have also been strictly required to remit their collection daily which did not happen before, she said.

Fernandez said the revenues from public market operations will be used for improvements in the area including the three-storey Malimgas Public Market, to make these more convenient to both sellers and customers.

The mayor has also ordered City Engineer Virginia Rosario to start the upgrading of Reyes Street that leads to the Consignacion Market using the Road Users Fund from the national government.


Meanwhile, the city government is looking into the operation of the night market (Tinday Labi) and flea market (baratillo) during the City Fiesta in December.

Under the previous administration of former Mayor Benjamin Lim, special committees were formed for the collection of stall payments during these fiesta trade fairs but the revenues were never remitted to the city.

Engr. Romeo C. Rosario, head of the City Development and Planning Office (CPDO), said the Local Finance Committee should direct the funds generated from these sources straight to the city’s coffer.

Another suggestion from City Treasurer Romelita Alcantara is the restoration of the city’s public toilets back to serviceability.

Alcantara said the renovation could cost more than P2 million, but these facilities can generate between P3 million to P6 million annually.—with report from CIO

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