Loss of livelihood looming: House probe sought on privatization of Carbon public market

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By Billy Begas

House Assistant Minority Leader and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas has filed a resolution seeking to investigate the privatization of Carbon public market in Cebu City.

Brosas expressed belief that the joint venture agreement (JVA) between the Cebu City government and Megawide Construction Corp. “will lead to massive loss of livelihood for local vendors and workers.”

In House Resolution 2051, Brosas said the project “has grossly neglected the welfare of vendors, stall owners, drivers and operators, farmers and fisherfolk, and backyard raisers.”

Brosas said around 3,500 vendors and 1,400 stall owners will be displaced because of the five-year project. Rental rates and prices of commodities are also expected to shoot up once the new market is opened.

She also noted that the city government’s resolution allowing the project was approved in haste, with the councilors admitting they never read the entire JVA.

“There was also no sufficient consultation with affected stakeholders, as relayed to us by concerned groups in Cebu City. Kaya dapat na maungkat ang kasunduang pinirmahan ng LGU at mapahinto ang proyekto habang iniimbestigahan ito,” Brosas added.