September 13, 2011 9:34 pmURDANETA, Pangasinan, Sept. 13 — The city government here is set to convert its auditorium into another “bagsakan” market to accommodate more vegetable traders from various towns and provinces.
Mayor Amadeo Perez IV said the move, which has the backing of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), has the support of the Department of Agriculture which pledged financial support for the additional “bagsakan” market.
No less than Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala assured Mayor Perez of funding support for the second “bagsakan” market in the city. The first one was built 20 years ago when Urdaneta was still a first class town of Pangasinan.
Perez said there is nothing wrong with this because the city is building another auditorium on a lot owned by the city government on Garcia Village, some 100 meters away.
The auditorium is being used on special occasions, especially social gatherings.
The city, Perez said, needs a new trading center for vegetables because the first “bagsakan” market has now become too small for a bigger number of traders bringing their products to the city.
Vegetables from as far as La Union, Benguet and Nueva Ecija are being brought to Urdaneta daily where they are sorted out and shipped to various parts of the country, especially Metro Manila.
Since the auditorium is near the public market, the former will be given up by the city to become a new “bagsakan” market while a new auditorium is set to be built.
Nowadays when it is raining almost daily, the vegetable traders need a place to shelter themselves while they do business, thus the need for a second “bagsakan” market. (PNA) scs/Lvm/lvmicua/rma