To know how progressive a place and its people are, one just has to look at its public market first. Public markets show the invigorating economy of a town or city.
“Ginaingon nga ang barometro nga magsulti sa kaluya o kadasig sa usa ka ekonomiya mao ang merkado,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia stated this during the opening of the P245-million new Carcar City Public Market on Monday, January 11.
“Og daghan kaayong mamaligya sa maong merkado, daghan sad ang mamalit, buot ipasabot dasig ang ekonomiya, malambuon ang maong dapit. Kon halos walay baligya, nagmika, luya – ang buot ipasabot niana kanang dapita hayan wala’y paglambo,” the governor said.
She added that public markets also reveal how local government officials handle and manage their respective localities as all economic activities start in the market.
“Kon pasagdan ang maong istraktura, nagtulo, hugaw, huot – usa kana ka barometro usab kon giunsa pagdala sa liderato sa maong dapit ang iyang local government unit,” she said.
Garcia lauded Carcar City Government for pursuing the construction of a new public market and the accommodation of old tenants who are given a year-long grace period for the payment of old rental rates.
“I would like to congratulate the people of Carcar kay kamo nakabaton og liderato nga nagtan-aw sa inyong kaugmaon ug kaayohan. Aduna kamo’y liderato that is not only ‘Nice,’ it is also ‘Merciful’,” she added, alluding to the nicknames of Carcar City’s local executives.
Mayor Mercedita Apura shared her apprehensions on the transfer of the public market that will be met with resistance by vendors who have grown accustomed to the system of the old public market.
“Pasalamat gyud ko nga nakasabot ra gyud sila kay kinahanglan mag-usa gyud ta. Kay kusgan ta kon mag-usa ta,” she expressed.
The city mayor thanked Gov. Garcia and other officials for their help in making the project a reality.
“Salamat gyud kaayo Gov Gwen sa tanan nga tabang, sa atong mga Provincial Board Member, ni Congressman Eddie Gullas. Kahibawo gyud mo nga magsige gyud ko’g pangayo kay wala ko mangayo para sa akong kaugalingon. Nangayo ko para sa katawhan sa Carcar,” she said.
According to Vice Mayor Nicepuro Apura, the new market’s construction is funded by a loan through the Development Bank of the Philippines. Around P100 million of the P245 million was spent on the pillars that support the building, since the lot was once a rice paddy.
Of the 25 hectares, the facility sits on a 2.3-hectare lot with a floor area of 9,000 square meters, accommodating 368 vendors from the old public market and around 400 new stallholders.
As of this writing, the south wing of the facility already has 40 big stalls occupied by vendors selling rice and other grains as well as dry goods and agrivet supplies, 30 small stalls selling dry goods, 50 ‘sari-sari’ (variety) stores, nine ‘puso’ or hanging rice vendors, four stalls selling cooked food, 11 dried fish vendors, 11 lechon vendors, 34 fish vendors, 25 meat vendors, five frozen food vendors, six vendors of dressed chicken, 15 eateries five are repair shops, two tailoring, two beauty parlors, and one barber shop.
The new public market takes pride in its architecture with a bridge connecting the north and south wings. The facility is also equipped with CCTVs.
Aside from the new market, the 25-hectare land also houses the city hall and an outdoor oval for sporting and cultural events. It will also be the home of the new transport terminal, the new motorpool, and a city center, among others.
Talisay City Mayor Gerald “Samsam” Gullas, on behalf of 1st District Rep. Eduardo Gullas, committed continuous support to Carcar City. He mentioned of congressional allocation worth P200 million that helped fund the diversion road that passes by the new city hall.
“Nakita nako diri sa Carcar nga suportado kaayo ang mayor ug vice mayor sa iyang council mao ni nga nagturok-turok gyud ang mga proyekto dinhi sa Carcar,” he said.
Garcia also vowed to assist the Carcar City Government with more paved roads, including barangay roads to make it most convenient for farm produce and other goods to get to the market, and for marketgoers to bring the goods home.
“Timing gyud kaayo ning inyong pagbukas sa bag-ong merkado dinhis Carcar kay daw kamo mitubag sa akong sanong nga buksan ta ang ekonomiya, daghan na ang nag-antos tungod sa mga paghigpit ubos sa Covid-19,” the governor said.
“Kini inyong pagbukas sa bag-o nga public market usa kana ka timailhan nga dinhi sa Carcar City, balik ang atong kadasig ug balik na usab ang paglambo niining malambuon na kaayo usab nga dakbayan sa Carcar. Congratulations to all of you,” she further pointed out.
Garcia shared the completed and ongoing roadworks in Carcar City worth a total of P417 million.
These roads are Awayan-Valencia-Zaragosa, Calidngan-Balungag, Valencia-Buenavista, Mainit Spring Road, Bolinawan-Dunggoan, Perrelos-Can-asujan, Sangi-Awayan–Can-asujan-Pit-os, Ocana-Napo-Guadalupe-Puesto, Valladolid-Tuyom, and more barangay roads. She also announced the renovation and enhancement of the Carcar City Provincial Hospital.
“Kay importante man gyud ang dalan for accessibility. Apan dili kutob lang dinha kay padayunon ta ni. Gani ang akong problema taga-i pa kog da’n nga akong masemento,” the governor said, to the delight of marketgoers.
First District PB Members Yolanda Daan and Raul Bacaltos, 2nd District PB Member Josi Mari “Tata” Salvador, PB Member Caroline Bacaltos of the Provincial Councilors League, Barili Mayor Julieto “Julie” Flores, former Vice Mayor Patrick Barcenas, and Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama, along with city councilors and department heads graced the ribbon-cutting ceremony and inauguration. (Eleanor Valeros)