THE city council on Monday approved a P22-million budget to give the Cogon and Puerto public markets a facelift.
The amount would be for the “rehabilitation, renovation and modernization” of the markets, according to a city council dispatch.
The budget was approved based on the program of works submitted by the City Economic Enterprises Department (CEED).
The department said the Puerto market is in need of “repair and rehabilitation” especially after a 2012 fire that damaged a part of the facility.
CEED said it needs an office “conducive to working in an atmosphere that can give comfort” at Cogon market, adding that it was not provided with one in the city’s busiest market when it was given a facelift in 2005.
Officials said Cogon market itself needs enhancement, more facilities, and equipment.
The budget would also cover the cost of CEED computerization as well as the repair of Puerto market, kiosk/collectors booth at Cogon market and renovation of the market administration office, and repainting.
It also covers the cost of setting up a CCTV system, acquisition of communication equipment, industrial fans, lighting and fixtures, wiring and accessories for industrial fans.