ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–As the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 health crisis continues to persist, the Economic Enterprise Development & Management Office (EEDMO) here firmly assured that markets still attend to the Iliganons’ basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPC) as markets will not be closed.
“We have this market to take care of their basic needs daily. Maskin pandemic pa, dili man pwede nga muundang pud ta og kaon [Even though it is still pandemic, we cannot stop eating also] and that is why, there is no closure sa [of the] market. Every day is a market day. Naa gyud ang market nga maadtuan nila [There is really a market where they can go to], cheaper than any other stores,” said EEDMO Department Head Virginia Junsan during the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) media briefing Tuesday, October 19.
Junsan further shared that they are still operating the Timbangan ng Bayan both at Central and Tambo Public Markets to protect consumers by allowing them to personally check the kilos of items they bought in the market. The weighing scales provided by their partner Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the local government unit can be used for free and are strategically placed in specific locations for easy access of the people.
She said that as they keep the markets available, they are also maintaining their communication with everyone with concerns, especially those who are interested to apply for stalls at Tambo Public Market.
“We have here digital platforms or promotional devices used to promote consumer welfare. We are open to the media. We are open to the public,” said Junsan.
The EEDMO may be reached by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling the landline of its main office at Tambo Integrated Bus Terminal with numbers 221-1347, dialing their hotline 0956-481-1279, following its Facebook page @eedmoiligan, or connecting through radio stations.
Now, the office goes on implementing programs related to consumer welfare while overseeing seven income-generating areas or profit centers in the city, including the Central and Tambo Public Markets situated in Barangays Saray and Hinaplanon respectively, the fish landing in Barangay Tambacan, the slaughterhouse in Merila in Barangay Pala-o, the two integrated bus and jeepney terminals, and the cemeteries in Barangays Dalipuga, Villaverde, Pala-o and Suarez. (CRG/ PIA-Lanao del Norte)