Quinta market demolition pushes through

Posted on July 28, 2015

THE City of Manila has gone ahead with the demolition of Quinta Public Market in Quiapo on Monday morning, encountering initial resistance that later died down.

Photos by Vince Alvic Alexis F. Nonato
Demolition went ahead after Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 7 Judge Acerey C. Pacheco denied the Quiapo Public Market Development Cooperative’s petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Friday.

Mayor Joseph “Erap” E. Estrada, who paid a visit, scolded the vendors who refused to yield. He also said that vendors will be relocated to orange steel boxes right outside the premises, as the demolition paves the way for the six-month construction of a “modernized” three-story commercial building by private joint venture, Marketlife Management and Leasing Corp.

Public information chief Diego Cagahastian said the joint venture will operate the market for 25 years, and the vendors will be reserved rights to rent space in the upgraded facility.

But Edith Santos, vice-president of the cooperative, told radio station DZMM that the market will be virtually privatized and expressed fears vendors will be forced to pay P475 daily, as was the case in similar setups. Vendors currently pay the city government a daily rent of P40.

The court had denied the plea to halt the demolition of the decades-old market, saying the city has the right to do so on property it owns and the vendors’ fears of displacement were unfounded and “speculative.” -- Vince Alvic Alexis F. Nonato