MANILA, APRIL 19 (PIA)—Mayor Joseph Estrada inaugurated Wednesday (April 19) the newly refurbished Quinta Market
According to City Engineer Roberto Bernardo, Quinta Market has modern wet and dry sections and stalls, elegant restrooms, a food court, security cameras and even free Wi-Fi connections.
Bernardo said the more than 200 vendors affected by the rehabilitation of Quinta was allowed back inside to occupy the ground floor, which has been designated as a wet-and-dry goods area. The second and third floors will be for parking and other commercial outlets.
Vendors earlier feared that the upgrade would mean higher rental fees, but Estrada assured them that the new rates would be “acceptable, justifiable, and not excessive.”
Estrada awarded vendors “certificates of tenure” to ensure that they would have a spot inside the new Quinta market. They were also allowed to set up temporary stalls rent-free along the market’s perimeter.
The mayor reiterated that the public markets would “remain owned by the Manila city government, and accessible and affordable to Manileños.”
“I am very happy to see the improvement of Quinta Market. Public markets in Manila should be like this — modern and clean, like a shopping mall, for the convenience of both the marketgoers and vendors,” the mayor said.
Located in Carlos Palanca Street near the Pasig River, Quinta Market has been a famous landmark in Quiapo but its dilapidated state prompted the city government to have it renovated and modernized.
The city government did not spend a single centavo in these undertakings because these are all under a joint venture agreement with private developers.
Estrada is optimistic the modernized Quinta Market will boost trade in Quiapo, especially with the completion of a nearby ferry terminal that will attract traders and consumers from Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
The fish port, he said, will service fish traders and barges from various locations, especially Navotas, who will be bringing in fresh produce.
The fish port is part of the P90-million renovation works being undertaken by Marketlife Management and Leasing Corp. (PIO Manila/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)