TABUK CITY, Kalinga – On May 20, the first steps toward upgrading Bulanao Public Market began when several stall owners, local residents and vendors began voluntarily demolishing their stalls near the barangay hall.
Punong Barangay Cosme Gunnawa of Bulanao has enlisted the support of expert electricians and carpenters to assist individuals who do not have enough manpower to work on the demolition of their stalls. The city government will contribute to the payment of these hired labor, allowing stall owners to rescue as much of their property as possible and preventing further delays in the construction process.
The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled any movement in the Bulanao Public Market for nearly 2 years, however, construction on the first phase of the market development will begin this year.
The redevelopment of Bulanao Public Market is expected to boost the city’s economic growth and provide additional job opportunities for Tabukenos.
Meanwhile, as negotiated with the city government headed by Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero, some of the displaced residents who opted to have their own lots will be transferred to the designated relocation area in sitio Callagdao.