Yanga bares improvements in downtown public market

Upon the behest of Mayor John Dalipe, retired police general now City Administrator Mario B. Yanga has started implementing massive cleanliness and putting things in proper order inside the waterfront public market in downtown Zamboanga.

Yanga specifically cited the market alleys and sidewalks now being cleared of ambulant vendors and fish brokers, stressing that the aisles and sidewalks should be used by marketgoers and not by any vendors.

Unlike before, he said the fish vendors and brokers have now been moved to the back portion of the market so as to keep the market frontage dry and clean.

“Per instruction of the mayor, we start first with keeping the main public market clean and put everything (there) in proper order,” Yanga said, adding that the CDRRMO has assigned a garbage truck inside the market.

After cleaning and enforcing order inside the main public market, Yanga said his next target is the illegal parking of vehicles thereat, noting that most of those illegally parked vehicles were owned by the fish brokers.

Also part of Yanga’s next move is to rid the public market of the so-called “shadow government,” declaring that nobody but the city government should call the shot in the market, especially in the collection of fees.

However, the city administrator sounded an appeal to all market vendors, stall owners and stakeholders to help and cooperate with the city government in keeping the entire market complex clean and orderly.

“Cleanliness is everybody’s business, not only of the government,” Yanga said.-(Vic Larato)