DA eyes Bankerohan public market makeover
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is eyeing to renovate the Bankerohan Public Market into a modernized trading center.
DA Secretary Manny Piñol said he already discussed the Bankerohan modernization project with Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio and has recommended it to President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
“DA is planning to modernize the Bankerohan public market, making it not only just a wet market but also a farmers’ exchange center,” Piñol said in an interview.
The makeover, according to Piñol, will turn the city’s major public market into a mall-like supermarket that is clean. It will be equipped with modern facilities such as food storage for vegetable and meat products.
“(Based sa) international standards ang atong plan for the modernization of the Bankerohan public market,” said Pinol, adding that the renovation would also house wholesale and retail sections for local products.
With a modernized public market, economic conditions of more people doing business in the place will be improved.
“Kung maayo and trading sa modernized public market, daghan magka income,” he said.
Mayor Duterte, for her part, welcomed the proposed modernization of the city’s biggest public market as it would generate more employment, business opportunities, and improved income for many Dabawenyos.
Piñol added the project is expected to commence by 2018.
“Naga-draw up nami karon og plan for the modernization and we will include it in our 2018 budget,” he said. | CIO