Lagawe mayor sees more revenue in new public market
by Dan B. Codamon
LAGAWE, Ifugao (15 September) -- Mayor Ceasario Cabbigat Jr. of this capital town expects more revenue collection to be generated with his plan to construct a new three-storey public market here as part of his development agenda.
In an interview recently regarding his plans and programs, he bared that he has formulated his goals and vision for his municipality that will guide him to stay focus for their accomplishment.
Among his priority will be the building of this new market to accommodate the increasing number of vendors and businessmen as business and trade is really flourishing in the area in tandem with what our country is also experiencing.
He said that presently, there is congestion in the old market place that no definite stalls or sections were assigned for fruits and vegetables, meat and fish sections, garment and other dry goods and even eateries or restaurants.
Because of this, the municipal government is losing much revenue that could have been levied and collected if all the vendors or sellers are given specific areas or spaces as basis to collect taxes and other charges.
The three storey market he envisions will constitute a first storey to house fruit and vegetable vendors, meat and fish sellers and sari-sari stores, the second storey for garments and other dry goods and the third for stalls used as restaurants, cafes and drinking areas.
Cabbigat related that aside from this he will also work for the construction of a municipal abattoir to have a healthy place for the slaughter of animals sold in the market for the safe consumption of the public.
He also proposed the construction of an over pass along the national highway fronting the Lagawe Central School were schoolchildren and pedestrians can safely cross and prevent traffic accidents.
A new police station is also planned to be built for the maintenance of peace and order.
Moreover, the maintenance and improvement of existing infrastructures will not be neglected with the construction of additional farm-to market roads to remote barangays that can spur their socio-economic development and help in the over-all progress and prosperity of the municipality.
Funds for these projects will come from the 20% Development Fund allocation from the province and a request from the pork barrel of Ifugao Congressman Solomon Chungalao, he said. (PIA Ifugao) [top]