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Erap exhorts vendors, stall owners to keep renovated Quinta Market always clean

In keeping with his desire to make Manila clean again, Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has called on the vendors and stall owners at the modernized Quinta Market in Quiapo to keep the renovated market spick and span, especially the airconditioned toilets.
Estrada, remembering his late mother Doña Mary Ejercito’s teachings, lectured the vendors on cleanliness, saying the City of Manila will not be able to bring back its old beauty and glory if the residents are irresponsible and lack genuine concern.
“In Metro Manila, only here in Manila that toilets in public markets are airconditioned, hindi kamukha nung araw, pupunta kayo sa toilet, malayo pa ay naaamoy ninyo na,” Estrada told the vendors during the inauguration of the newly renovated Quinta Market last Wednesday.
“Sa totoo lang, bakit ko naisip na gawing airconditioned ang ating toilets? Kasi nung maliit ako, laging nagagalit ang aking mama pag madumi ang toilets. She’d tell me that cleanliness starts in the toilet,” he went on to say.
So when he became mayor, Estrada said he renovated the city hall’s public toilets and had them kept spotlessly clean all the time, remembering his mother’s preaching about cleanliness. He joked that some employees even use the toilet bowls’ bidets as shower heads.
Renovated at the cost of about P150 million, Quinta Market is the centerpiece of Estrada’s public market renovation project. Last year, he reopened the rehabilitated public markets in Sampaloc, Sta. Ana, San Andres, and Trabajo  —all converted into like shopping malls complete with airconditioned comfort rooms.
Quinta Market’s brand-new toilets boast of modern design toilet bowls with seats and bidets, urinals and stainless toilet fixtures. Its floors are fully tiled.
Similar to the four previously renovated markets, the two-story Quinta Market also has modern wet and dry sections and stalls, a food court, fast food restaurants, security cameras and even free Wi-Fi connections, according to City Engineer Rogelio Legazpi.
The building’s second floor is the 60-slot parking area for customers.
“Ang kailangan na lang natin ay ‘yung maintenance, dito tayo mahina, e. Sa umpisa lang tayo magagaling, pagkatapos ay napapabayaan lang natin,” Estrada told the vendors.
In Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, he said public markets, including their toilets, are spotlessly clean because the vendors are disciplined and exert extra efforts to take good care of the facilities.
Estrada pointed out that cleanliness starts with one’s self and that the city government will not be able to achieve its dream of restoring Manila’s old glory without the cooperation of each of the 1.7 million Manileños.
“Dito lang siguro na ang public market ay
airconditioned ang comfort room at ‘yan ay gagawin natin sa lahat ng ating mga palengke,” he told the vendors.
All he is asking from the vendors, Estrada said, is that they keep the toilets and all other facilities clean. “Siguraduhin din n’yo na kayo ang magiging protektor ng Quinta laban sa krimen, masasama, o maruming negosyo.”
“Ipinagmamalaki ko itong Quinta Market, and I hope you will also be proud to make this as your new home,” Estrada said.
Part of the P150-million rehabilitation of Quinta Market is the construction of a nearby fish port, and later a ferry terminal, that will serve fish traders and barges from various locations, especially Navotas, who will be bringing in fresh produce.
The construction of the ferry terminal, on the other hand, is a joint effort by the city government of Manila and the Philippine Ports Authority as part of the latter’s plan to fully revive passenger ferry service along the Pasig River.
Aside from making the Quinta Market accessible via Pasig River, Estrada said the planned ferry terminal will also help decongest Quezon Boulevard, the major road leading to the traffic-prone Quiapo district, as it will serve as an alternate route for Quiapo-bound commuters and marketgoers.             

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