Baguio Public Market to Remain Under Local Government Control

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong reassures residents that the city's public market will not be privatized, but will continue to be managed by the local government. The market's modernization project, 90% complete, aims to upgrade facilities while preserving its historical and cultural significance.

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Baguio Public Market to Remain Under Local Government Control

Baguio Public Market to Remain Under Local Government Control

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has emphatically reassured residents that the city's public market will not be privatized, but will continue to be managed and operated by the local government. Magalong addressed concerns about the market's modernization project on April 22, 2024, attributing misinformation to individuals allegedly involved in illegal activities within the market, such as subleasing stalls.

Why this matters: The decision to keep the public market under local government control has significant implications for the city's economic development and the welfare of its citizens. It also sets a precedent for other cities in the Philippines, highlighting the importance of balancing modernization with community needs and preserving cultural heritage.

The mayor stated unequivocally, "There's no truth that our market will be managed by a private group. The market will be managed and operated by the local government of Baguio. That is very clear, nothing will change there." This statement aims to allay fears among market vendors and the public about the potential privatization of the historic market.

Negotiations for the market's modernization project are currently 90% complete, with the city awaiting the go-ahead from the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center. Magalong expressed optimism that the negotiations will conclude by the second or third quarter of 2024, allowing the project to commence.

The mayor reiterated his commitment to ensuring the renovated market's excellence, predicting it will be "probably one of the best markets not only in the Philippines but also in Asia." The modernization project aims to upgrade the market's facilities and infrastructure while preserving its historical and cultural significance.

Baguio City's public market has been a central hub for trade and commerce since its establishment in the early 1900s. The market has undergone several renovations and expansions over the years to accommodate the growing population and evolving needs of the city. The current modernization project seeks to further improve the market's amenities and services while maintaining its unique character and importance to the local community.

As negotiations near completion and the modernization project moves closer to implementation, Mayor Magalong's assurances of continued local government control aim to address concerns and misinformation surrounding the future of Baguio City's iconic public market. The project's success will depend on striking a balance between modernization and preservation, ensuring that the market remains a vibrant center of activity and a source of pride for the city's residents.

Key Takeaways

  • Baguio City's public market will not be privatized, remaining under local government control.
  • Mayor Magalong attributes misinformation to individuals involved in illegal market activities.
  • Negotiations for the market's modernization project are 90% complete, awaiting PPP Center approval.
  • The project aims to upgrade facilities while preserving the market's historical and cultural significance.
  • Mayor Magalong predicts the renovated market will be "one of the best in Asia."