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Davao markets need P100-M for improvements

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (2 February) -- The nine public markets of Davao City would need about P100 million to refurbish its facilities and the construction of water treatment plants.

Francisco Vales, Jr., officer-in-charge, Davao City Economic Enterprise said although there has no plans yet on rehabilitating the public markets that amount would be appropriate to fix some structures in the different markets of the city.

The public markets here do not have water treatment facilities, he said.

But he said they are constantly introducing repairs in the markets and the construction of toilets.

Right now there are three Class A markets of the city namely Agdao, Bankerohan and Toril.

To become a Class A market it has to have a monthly income of P600,000.

Vales meanwhile said that they expect a surplus of their 2007 income compared to the P5.9 million surplus they had in 2006.

He said their target collection for 2008 was pegged at P74 million.

Vales meanwhile said that they are closely monitoring the products sold in the market especially on meat and other meat products.

He said these products must carry a certification from the National Meat Inspection Service and the items properly marked by that office.

"We need to strictly implement this because we want that products sold in the market are fit for human consumption," he said.

Sanitation is also a concern that they check regularly and this is also being done in coordination with the city health office.

Despite the presence of big groceries operating in the city as source of food by other people, he said majority of the population go to the market to buy their food.

He said they need to improve on the facilities and they need to really work hard to attain their income target so that they will sources of funds for some market improvement. (PIA) [top]

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