City Gov’t mulls opening of “Taboan” in ‘Tacloban North’ for farmers, displaced vendors
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) – The City Government through the leadership of Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez is set to open a public market in the northern part of the City to serve as “bagsakan” or trading point for farmers from the northern barangays and accommodate sidewalk vendors displaced from the clearing operations in the City.
Dubbed “Taboan ha Norte Tacloban,” the public market is set to have its soft opening on Saturday, August 24 and will be located at the Ground Floor of the City Hall Satellite Office Building in Brgy. Sto Nino, a northern barangay.
The formal opening of the market is scheduled for August 31 and will highlight the distribution of Farm Tractors to 9 Farmers Associations and awarding of market slots to farmers and vendors.
In a meeting held recently with OIC Market Superintendent Joel Bugho and City Agriculture Office Head Alfredo Camposano with representatives of the City General Service Office, City Information Office, City Engineer’s Office, it was learned that the ‘Taboan’ will have its “Market Day” every Saturday of the week.
The market is part of the overall vision of Mayor Romualdez for the northern part of the City, as the City Government is planning to make available an array of services, like live birth processing and other frontline government services in the area for the convenience of the resettled communities.
The northern part of Tacloban is where the resettlement sites of the government and non-government organizations for Yolanda survivors are located. According to the City Housing and Community Development Office, the resettlement sites are currently home to more than 9,000 families.
Meanwhile, free health services such as Medical Consultations and Dengue Rapid Test are now readily available in the north resettlement sites through the Tacloban North Integrated Health and Social Services (TNIHSS). From the period August 13 to 16, TNIHSS have already served 213 patients; this includes 53 adults and 160 Pediatrics, while six have been referred to the Tacloban City Hospital for immediate medical attention. – Henry James G. Roca with a report from D. Abarquez/CIO
Image: Site of the proposed Taboan ha Norte public market.