Sectioning in Bacolod public markets pushed

Merlinda A. Pedrosa

BACOLOD City Councilor Bartolome Orola asked the City Administrator’s Office and City Engineer’s Office to inspect and strictly implement market sectioning in the three big public markets.

Orola, who authored the resolution for the purpose, said that during the inspections conducted at Burgos (South) Market, Libertad (North) Market, and Central Market, they determined that similar goods and commodities were not properly grouped together in one section or zone.

He said market sectioning or segmentation has many advantages for efficient economic growth because it links production to consumption sectors; results to more equal distribution of incomes; splits buyers into groups with similar needs and wants to best utilize the public market’s finite resources; and provides food security.

Senate Bill 279 or the National Market Code of the Philippines states that public markets are vital economic enterprises and public utilities, which contribute significantly to the income and general welfare of cities and municipalities.

They provide increased livelihood opportunities and marketing services, and are usually standard barometers for the level of development of local government, it added.

Orola said the National Market Code emphasizes certain major problems existing in majority of the public markets covering important aspects of market operations such as locations, construction, sanitation, security/safety, market fee collection, improper sectionalization of goods, award and occupancy of stalls result in the gradual, but progressive deterioration of the markets.

He said Section 4 of City Ordinance 160, Series of 1996 or the Market Code of Bacolod City provides that several sections or categories were identified for fish, meat, dry goods, groceries, rice and corn, vegetables and fruits, eatery, poultry products, flower shop, cold storage service station, and miscellaneous section.

“It is thus imperative that positive action to remedy these situations be undertaken by the City Government which is charged with management of public markets,” Orola added.