Marikina eyes new public market

Published August 18, 2019, 2:17 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Jhon Casinas

In a bid to provide vendors in the city a decent place to sell their goods, the local government of Marikina City will soon open a new public market by the end of the year.

(Photo from Marikina PIO official Facebook page)
Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro (right) and Marikina Chief of Police Restituto Arcangel (left). (Photo from Marikina PIO official Facebook page)

The P11-million Marikina City Bagong Sibol Market is currently under construction and will soon open in Barangay Nangka, Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said.

It will be as big as a basketball court and can accommodate around 100 vendors, Teodoro bared.

According to the city mayor, sidewalk or ambulant vendors should be provided with decent location where they could sell their products.

“We develop places like this so that vendors can have a decent place where they can sell their products. We help them, at the same time, they help our local economy,” Teodoro said.

The city government has also strictly imposed a three-strike policy sidewalk vendors to keep the city obstruction-free.

Teodoro shared that the city government gives vendors an alternative by establishing a market zone where they could sell their goods. This is to discourage them from selling on city sidewalks and roads.

“Dito sa Marikina, may alternative kami na binibigay sa vendors (Here in Marikina, we give vendors an alternative). We adjusted to their needs kaya gumawa kami ng (that is why we established the) Marikina Public Market Zone,” Teodoro said.

“That is why wala kang makikitang sidewalk or ambulant vendor dito (you will never find sidewalk or ambulant vendors here),” he added.

Teodoro earlier announced that city government has already fully complied with the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) order to clear roads and sidewalks of obstructions ahead of its 60-day deadline.