Cebu City acting Mayor Labella and VP for Engineering, Engr. Valentin Saludes III, lead the turnover ceremony of the Upgraded Electrical Wiring System together with project stake holders inside Carbon Public Market Unit 1.
Robbers, thieves and other criminals will now think twice before doing something bad inside the Carbon Public Market as the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) has installed permanent lightings in the market for free."Hayag sa gabii ug maminus ang lungkab. (It will be brighter at night and cases of robbery will be reduced)," Erwin Gok-ong Sr., CEMVEDCO (Cebu Market Vendors Multi-Purpose Cooperative) chairman, commented. He said the additional lighting can help in the deterrence of criminality.Visayan Electric Company (VECO) Vice President for Engineering Valentin Saludes III headed the ceremonial turnover of the Upgraded Electrical Wiring System of Carbon Public Market Unit 1 to the Cebu City officials and Carbon Public Market administrators on Friday morning. He and Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella led the switch-on ceremony of the project.In his message, Labella said the project would be of big help to vendors as it is given to them for free."Di na ta magbayad ug suga sa VeECO. Di na mo makagasto ug metro sa suga kay naa nay suga sa ibabaw. (We won't be paying VECO for the lights now. You won't be spending for cost on lighting because there are already lights above)," Labella said.The project, which was started November last year, costs P386,540. It will benefit a total of 520 stalls inside the Carbon Public Market Unit I—also known as the wet market.According to Saludes, other than lowering the vendors’ monthly electricity bills, the additional lighting might increase profits as it would attract more customers to buy meat, poultry and seafood products."The more nga naay suga, the more attractive ang mga baligya. (The more lights, the more attractive the products)," Saludes added.The project includes not only changing the market’s old and substandard electrical wirings into safe and quality electrical lines but VECO also donated 42 hi bay lights and 46 CFL bulbs to fully light-up the market.Saludes said they will continue to improve the quality of the market and make it more attractive and safe to consumers.The program was capped off with a boodle fight lunch where fried fish, danggit, pancit, and chorizo were served.