Wala nang tawad. Tapat na po.

These were the words used by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as he assured residents of Sagbayan, Bohol, province that the government will speed up the reconstruction of their public market and finish the project before the current year ends.

Walang iwanan ito…kaya mabilis ang pagbangon. Nakikita, sige-sige, humaharurot, bumabangon ang Bohol,” Roxas told residents.

The P52-million reconstruction project for the public market of Sagbayan is set to be finished this October, along with the rehabilitation of its covered court worth around P23.4 million.

The municipality of Sagbayan is one of the areas that was highly devastated by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook the provinces of Bohol and Cebu in 2013.

Roxas, well-known as “Mr. Palengke” when he was previously Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary, said that facilities such as public markets, civic centers, and town/city halls were prioritized because these are essential to the delivery of public goods and services, as well as to restoring normalcy in a community.

According to the latest update on the DILG’s Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA), 57 repair projects totalling P9.7 million are already finished. Three of those projects are in Cebu province, which was also partly affected by the earthquake.

Roxas relayed to Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto that P327.75 million from the BEA-DILG fund should be spent to finish the remaining eight projects in Cebu, and 198 repair and reconstruction projects in Bohol, among others in the pipeline.

Roxas was also joined by Gov. Chatto, DILG Region 7 Director Nani Villacorta, and Sagbayan Mayor Ricardo Suarez during his inspection of the public market’s construction site.