Taguig opens modern Sta. Ana multi-purpose building
Taguig City - Mayor Lani Cayetano led the momentous ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 3 to mark the grand opening of the city's multi-level and multipurpose building in Barangay Sta. Ana. This project, funded by former House Speaker Senator Alan Peter Cayetano through the Department of Public Works and Highways, aims to provide a modern and inclusive space for local entrepreneurs and sports enthusiasts alike.
The newly inaugurated building, designed to accommodate diverse needs, houses a total of 89 vendors from the old public market. These vendors offer a wide array of goods sourced from local farmers, fishermen, craftsmen, and other entrepreneurs. In addition to the market area, the building also features a sports facility that doubles as an evacuation center during emergencies.
To ensure convenience and hygiene, the market is divided into two floors: the Wet Market on the first floor and the Dry Market on the second floor. The Wet Market provides a variety of fresh produce such as fish, meat, vegetables, coconut, fruit charcoal, and hulled rice, among other items. It is equipped with a delivery area and a security outpost to enhance efficiency and security for both vendors and customers.
On the second floor, the Dry Market offers an array of services and products, including sari-sari stores, mini groceries, clothing shops, printing services, customizable accessories, canteens, chicken rotisseries, and dessert stores. Each stall is registered with the Market Management Office, and vendors are provided with necessary equipment such as aprons and disinfectants issued by the city government. The stalls are also equipped with individual water and electricity submeters.
One notable feature of the building is the third-floor multi-purpose court. This spacious area serves as a venue for community sports activities like basketball, volleyball, Zumba, and yoga. Additionally, it functions as an evacuation center to accommodate residents during emergencies. To ensure the smooth operation and maintenance of the court, a sports development officer and a recreation manager are assigned to oversee activities and enforce safety protocols and cleanliness guidelines.
During her speech, Mayor Lani expressed her heartfelt appreciation to the vendors for their invaluable support in the city's journey towards transformation and community development. She shared her optimism for the growth and prosperity of the vendors and highlighted the importance of providing a modern and clean marketplace that enhances the shopping experience for the residents.
Following the speech, the New Sta. Ana Public Market Vendors Association officers took their oath, and Fr. Charvine Dimailig led the ceremonial blessing of each stall. Mayor Lani then officiated the ceremonial toss, officially inaugurating the newly opened basketball court.
As Taguig City continues to prioritize infrastructure development to support local businesses, Mayor Lani encouraged the citizens to patronize and support the vendors and their locally sourced products. The Sta. Ana Public Market is open daily from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., providing ample opportunities for residents to access fresh and quality goods.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, including Committee on Market Hawkers and Slaughter House Chair Councilor Ed Prado, Councilors Jaime Garcia, Jimmy Labampa, Alex Penolio, Edgar Baptista, Atty. Joy Panga-Cruz, Lamberto "Totong" Mañosca, Rodil "Tikboy" Marcelino, and Gamie San Pedro. Also present were SK Federation President Beng Maximo, Brgy. Sta. Ana Captain Obet Flogen and its officials, SK Chairman Charlene Real, and representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP).
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