BANGUI, Ilocos Norte, May 4 – After nearly two decades, market goers and merchants could now enjoy a bigger and wider public market after it became fully operational following its opening late last month.
The new P22-million public market located in the heart of this town was a pet project of then Mayor Salvacion Sales-Cimatu in 2010.
She said the construction of the Bangui public market took more than 17 years. It was completed within three years after she assumed office, she added.
“The fund used in the project was a saving of the municipality, we did not loan a single centavo for its construction,” the former lady mayor said.
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, who graced the opening rites for the public market, said she believed public market is very important in the operation of a municipality because it is where most of the income comes from.
Several business stalls have now occupied the market where the vendors and customers are enjoying more comfortable and convenient spaces.
Bangui is a fourth class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte composed of 14 barangays.
It has an estimated population of more or less 15,000 people.
This municipality is the site of the first power generating windmill farm in Southeast Asia, commonly known as Bangui Wind Farm, which is a prime contributor to the province’s economic and tourism growth. (CHERRY JOY D. GARMA)