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MMDA joins groundbreaking of People’s Market bldg in P’que

METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos vowed to give his all-out support for the building of People’s Market in Paranaque City, a project designed to address the perennial illegal vending and traffic problems in the Baclaran area.

We shall help in the realization of this project – in terms of coordination, providing legal and technical assistance, and even research – all for the welfare of the vendors not only in Baclaran but in other areas,” said Abalos during the site inspection and groundbreaking ceremony of the future Baclaran People’s Market. The activity was led by Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez and other city officials.

Abalos believes that the Baclaran People’s Market will provide formal livelihood, employment and economic opportunities not only to the marginalized constituents of Paranaque but also to those living in the neighboring LGUs.

It is also the hope of the MMDA that this project will help in addressing the perennial traffic problems in the area as it was favorably endorsed and supported by the Metro Manila Council last December 2017 through MMC Resolution 17-22.

During the ceremony, Mayor Olivarez said they will build the people’s market across the Redemptorist Church for thousands of vendors displaced in clearing operations.

The facility will have access to the Light Rail Transit 1 Cavite extension project station, loading and unloading zone for public utility vehicles, overhead pedestrian crossing, parking areas that would benefit both the market goers and the vendors.

The MMDA conducts regular clearing operations in the area to ensure that roads are free of illegal vendors and other obstructions.

Other subjects of road clearing operations are illegally parked vehicles, illegal structures, food stalls, illegal terminals, outposts, tents, structural encroachments, etc.

Baclaran is known to be a center of trade in the southern part of Metro Manila with 100,000 devotees and pilgrims who visit the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church located along Roxas Boulevard.