The photo shows City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, Punong Barangay Nick Besas, Kagawad Grace Melgar, LEIPO Head Beben Inting, Market Administrator Jun Besa, and City Engineer Teodoro Estoque during the groundbreaking and capsule laying ceremony for the construction of the New Cogon Market. The Php 30 million budget for the first phase of the project was given by Sen. Bong Go, while the City Government will finance the second phase which also amounts to Php30 million. The structural frame and basement parking will be the major points in the first phase of construction. In an interview, City Engineer Ted Estoque said that the equipment needed for the construction is now mobilized in the area. The excavation commenced last Saturday. Estoque also added that a temporary location was provided for all the vendors and carenderia stall owners affected by the project.
Mayor Yap also emphasized that the design of the building which would be undertaken during the second phase will utilize elements to reinforce safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, “As we slowly reopen our economy in the wake of the pandemic, we will make sure that our facilities will incorporate building design and systems that can help control the spread of the disease. Ventilation will be a priority, physical distancing solutions like the use of acrylic shields and no-contact handles will be used. Handwashing stations will also be installed. All these safety measures will be considered to prevent infection and loss of productivity”, Yap said.