Dads okay additional fund for Mines View Satellite Market

BAGUIO CITY – The city council last Monday approved the realignment of a P12 million fund earlier allotted for various disallowed projects for the completion of the on-going satellite market project at Mines View Park.

The body approved Ordinance No. 1 series of 2011 for the purpose.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan requested for the realignment of the said amount to enable the city to finance an additional scope of work to complete the satellite market project.

The P12 million was earmarked for various projects in 2009 but said projects were not implemented after these were disallowed by the Dept. of Budget and Management-Cordillera (DBM-CAR).

The Local Finance Committee certified that the amount from the 2009 Development Fund  remained as a continuing appropriation eligible for realignment for the satellite market project.

The council committee on laws recommended approval of the realignment citing the justifications of the executive department on the urgency of the satellite project.

 

City building and architecture officer Oscar Flores earlier said the additional budget will be used to defray the cost of an additional scope of work for the project to provide 201 stalls in the structure to house the legitimate vendors in the area.

 

This is in compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement between the city government and the Mines View Open Market Vendors Association and the Minews View barangay.

The project was started in January last year with a total cost of P38,200,000.

It will cover the construction of a four-storey building at the park which will house not only the satellite market but also the barangay hall, multi-purpose hall, day care center and health center of the barangay.

The satellite market project is envisioned to solve the vending problem and put back order at the Mines View Park in the hope of reclaiming its status as a park and favorite tourist hub.

Mines View was delisted as a park by the Dept. of Tourism (DOT) after vendors mushroomed and turned the site into an eyesore.

As planned, the legitimate vendors will be immediately relocated to the satellite market upon completion based on guidelines to be set by the city government.

The area will be then be cleared and spruced up to restore its erstwhile appearance and ambience as a promenade center.

The satellite market project was hatched during the administration of former mayor Bernardo Vergara in the hope of decongesting the central business district.

The contract for the project was earlier awarded to a contractor but was later rescinded until a reprogramming of funds was done. It was rebidded and was awarded to the same contractor during the time of former mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr.

 
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