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Mayor says Uniwide-city deal considered terminated
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

The city government is planning to start implementing a private sector-driven master development plan for the modernization of the city public market.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Tuesday said the city has funds to carry out the project and the cooperative of market vendors has also signified their intention to support.

He said the market’s improvement is being planned and eyed to take off first quarter of 2020 as the contract with Uniwide Sales and Resources is deemed terminated.

Uniwide won the bidding for the market’s development in 1998 but groups of market vendors opposed the validity and awarding of the deal, starting off two decades of legal scuffle.

Uniwide was later dissolved and subjected to liquidation proceedings.

In its latest decision, the Supreme Court declared the city-Uniwide contract valid.

Magalong said a letter has been sent to Uniwide’s liquidator on Aug. 23, where the city stipulated that the contract is deemed terminated and it is not giving its consent to Uniwide to assign the project to an affiliate or subsidiary.

“Insolvent na ang Uniwide, which means it’s bankrupt. The mere fact that there was a liquidator that was appointed it means Uniwide already lost its legal personality and with that wala nang kakontrata,” Magalong said.

He said there is indeed a provision in the city’s contract with Uniwide that the developer can assign the contract to a subsidiary and affiliate, but it should be with the consent of the local government unit.

“In this particular case, we are not giving our consent and we have said that in our letter (to the liquidator,” the mayor said.

Magalong said the city council, through Councilors Mylen Yaranon, Philian Weygan-Allan, and Joel Alangsab are deeply involved in the planning, with the intention of coming up with a modernized city market with the active involvement of the private sector.

Yaranon on Thursday said the market will undergo re-zoning to organize its sections and separate vehicular traffic. She said their proposal is to allot a space for parking in the area, fix an area for solid wastes, water containment, and other utilities.

She said they have been meeting with the groups of market vendors and other stakeholders in the past weeks finalizing the detailed plan, which they will present to Magalong next week.


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