HERMOSA, Bataan – A modern commercial complex will soon rise in this first-class municipality along the Poblacion area, Mayor Danilo “Dan” Malana confirmed Wednesday.
In a news briefing, Mayor Malana told local newsmen here that it is now under construction located in a once idle portion of the town plaza. The complex is just across the municipal hall, in front of the Hermosa Elementary School and Saint Peter de Verona Academy.
One of its major tenants is the famous convenience store that will open its branch here together with a clean food court and several commercial stalls.
“It’s time for my constituents to level up in their tastes. I want them to dream big and to think big. Dirty public markets will be a thing of the past,” Malana stressed.
The project which will initially cost P2.5 million is reportedly being opposed by some concerned parties such as the tenants of the old Hermosa Public Market.
The new public market which was constructed under the previous municipal administration is located in a 3-hectare commercial area in Barangay Palihan, just a few minutes away from the Hermosa Ecozone Industral Park and the Hermosa- Dinalupihan exit of the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
“The new public market there (Palihan) once failed to have an ideal number of tenants to generate income for the municipal coffer until we built a commercial center and had a big branch of PTT gas station right in front of it. The progress in that area is now on the rise,” Malana said.
The second-termer mayor said the commercial complex project at the municipal plaza aims to trigger more development and economic activities in the area that is reportedly being left behind as compared to other neighboring towns.
Malana added that the complex will have a well-ventilated area, screened food court. A waste water treatment system will also be installed to avoid foul odors from coming out and be inhaled by students and teachers of nearby schools in the vicinity.
“The tenants of the old public market will be prioritized but they need to pay the goodwill money to help us raise funds. The cost of the project is 10 million pesos. Several new investors signified interest to invest and are very much willing to help us,” the chief executive added.
The old public market located in Barangay Sto. Cristo will be developed into a modern playground along with the offices of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development and Senior Citizens organization.