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Clearing operations restore order, cleanliness in market

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The city’s main public market has been cleared of illegally constructed structures following the series of clearing operations, thereby restring order and cleanliness in the area.

Former city councilor now Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Jawo Jimenez, said the market clearing operations were carried out from May 8 to 11 by combined police operatives, Task Force Ordinance personnel and blue boys of the City Administrator’s Office together with market personnel headed by Market Superintendent Nathaniel Asuncion.

Demolished were illegally constructed fences and stall extensions, which were clear violation to the existing market code and sidewalk ordinance.

Asuncion said most of the illegal stall extensions were located at Building E, particularly the fruit stands. The building is programmed for renovation.

He said everything now in the market is in order, clean and “we will keep it that way” with the assistance of the police and other law enforcers.

For his part, Chief Insp. Albert Sta Teresa, officer-in-charge of Police Station 11, said the police will continue to conduct clearing operations inside the waterfront public market for as long as there are violations of the market code and other ordinances.

It can be recalled that on Oct. 31, 2015 a fire broke out at Magay area inside the public market, killing at least 15 people and injured 13 others.

Investigations were conducted and the probe team has recommended that the City Engineer’s Office should conduct a survey of the area actually occupied by the main public market as required under Sec. 3 of the Market Code (Ordinance No. 2001-087).

It likewise recommended the rehabilitation of the market’s perimeter fence to prevent any persons from passing through it, and repair or reduce the number of gates with padlocks so that no person can enter the market after closing hours.

The team further recommended to the chief executive that a permanent police/military outpost be established inside the main public market to maintain peace and order thereat, and to install CCTV cameras in strategic places at the market in a bid to deter the commission of crimes and violation of city ordinances.-(Vic Larato)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 09:56