Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Mahinog Public Market undergoes clean up, illegal structures cleared

MAYOR Alex R. Jajalla ordered a clean up operation of Mahinog Public Market and directed the Municipal Engineering Office to clear the market premises from illegal structures and makeshift extension that only hindered easy movement of market goers and vehicular traffic.

The gravity of the deplorable condition of the municipal market was brought to the fore after Coun. Manolo V. Tabamo delivered a moving privilege speech calling for the immediate clean up operation of our municipal market if only to maintain the good image of Mahinog as the gateway to the paradise island of Camiguin. The measure was then referred to the joint committees on health and public market chaired by Coun. Valentin F. Babanto and Coun. Jonard B. Labadan.

The joint committee, after a committee meeting, recommended for the regular sprinkling of water inside the market and nearby canals with the use of the firetruck from the municipal fire office and a regular inspection by the sanitary inspector to ensure that sanitary requirements are religiously complied by all stall holders. Immediately, upon request of the mayor, SF04 Heracleo T. Abian, Municipal Fire Marshall, conducted a sprinkling operation at the said market.

Coun. Tabamo observed that most of stall occupants have no garbage receptacles and under their tables filth abound and became breeding place of flies and insects. “There is a need to change the mindset of store owners and market goers alike towards the value of cleanliness and healthful environment,” the committee chairman of tourism said.

Under existing ordinance, stall holders are required to undertake the cleaning of their immediate environs and provide trash receptacles installed within their store premises.

“Health and sanitation is of paramount concern and I will not hesitate in enforcing ordinances that serve to the best interest of the people especially on health,” the mayor said.

He added, “market is essential in the soci-economic development of the town and, aside from being a trading center and a local economic enterprise that contributes LGU’s income, it also serves as a social inter-action center where exhange of ideas take place.”

“What our market looks like reflects very well our character and discipline as a people of Mahinog,” the mayor stressed. (Homer R. Jajalla)

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