SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -- The local government unit (LGU) of San Jose de Buenavista has requested PHP20 million in financial assistance from the Department of Tourism (DOT) to renovate its market and turn it into a tourist destination.
The market, dubbed “Tradetown”, sits on a 6.5-hectare lot in Barangay Dalipe, in Antique's capital town of San Jose de Buenavista.
“The Dalipe Tradetown is a tourist destination by itself because there are many people who come to the market daily,” San Jose de Buenavista Municipal Economic Enterprise and Development Officer Darcy Bungay said in an interview Thursday.
Bungay said that the people not only come to Dalipe Tradetown to buy fish, vegetables, and rice. The tradetown also hosts the Pasalubong Center that sells various products in the province such as native bags, trays, and many other souvenirs and gift items.
“The LGU of San Jose de Buenavista intends to further develop the Tradetown with a food court where tourists could also experience the native cuisine,” he said.
Bungay also said that aside from renovating the market, its cleanliness will also be maintained so it could attract more people and make a good impression as a tourist destination.
“We intend to do landscaping on the alleys, tiling of market corridors, installation of façade canopies and improvement of parking and comfort rooms,” he added. (PNA)