Davaoeños will soon be able to enjoy a better, more comfortable, and modernized market experience as the P740-Million Agdao Farmer’s Market Rehabilitation Project nears completion.
Recent photos of the market surfacing on social media flaunt a shiny, anti-microbial polyurethane floor finish. The project is now at 75% in Phase 2 and will likely proceed with Phase 3 in the coming weeks.
According to Agdao Public Market Supervisor IV Maximo Macalipes Jr., a total of 495 vendors have been pre-identified to occupy the stalls in the 3-story facility. To ensure fairness, the raffling of their exact sites has yet to take place. Rice, dry goods, fish, meat, a range of foods such as kakanin (delicacies), and vegetables are sold by these vendors.
Fish merchants will have 126 stalls on the first level of the three-story building, meat vendors will have 80 stalls, dressed chicken dealers will have 20 stalls, commercial spaces will have seven, and an ice section will have nine storage rooms.
The second floor will have 167 stalls for variety and dry products, while the second phase will include other spaces such as cafés and dining rooms.
Rentable areas, such as various and other commercial spaces, will be located on the third floor.
The new, modernized Agdao Farmer’s Market will also offer parking for merchants and market visitors. It is thought to provide a solution to the area’s traffic congestion.
The market aims to help small farmers and fisherfolks gain access to technologies while also improving the handling, storage, and marketing of agriculture and fisheries products.
The rehabilitation project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2022.