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Naga Public Market To Be Rebuilt

November 17, 2008

It was reported that funds will be released for the reconstruction of the Naga Public Market (Supermarket) which was hit by a fire recently. Sen. Joker Arroyo and Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr., who both hail from Camarines Sur said that P70 million will soon be available. The two Camarinesences visited the city recently to assess the aftermath of the fire. On the part of the city, Mayor Jesse Robredo said it will contribute P20 million from its own funds. The combined amount is thought to be enough to start the first phase of the reconstruction of the market. Additional funds though will be needed later to complete the task of reconstruction.

From the city’s perspective, an immediate reconstruction is a must. Aside from the dislocation of various sectors, economic activity gets re-routed (sometimes to other places) once the central market of the locality is debilitated. In the past, towns whose market are hit by fire and whose reconstruction lagged slipped a notch or two in the economic ladder.

From the people’s perspective, normal livelihood must be restored to obviate the economic impact of the fire. From the point of view of consumers and suppliers normalcy will be restored if a permanent place for commerce is again available.

It is now the task of all sectors to join hands to rebuild the commercial center of the city.

Naga’s public market was initially built in 1963. It was still considered Bicol’s biggest with about 700 stalls.

It was hit by a post-midnight fire last November 7. The blaze lasted till the break of day and damage was placed at P100 million. The streets Igualdad and General Luna now serves temporarily in its place.

(Photo credits:arlan2008ph, rabbijey)

Feeling the loss of Maogmang Lugar’s market fire

November 14, 2008

by Pitoy Moreno

The big fire that gutted Naga City Supermarket has been quickly extinguished but the magnitude of the loss is incalculable. Those who shop in the market now find the vendors displaced, selling their goods in Igualdad and General Luna Streets. There is confusion— something that’s expected when a calamity gets into the lives of the people. For having a “super” market, Naga suffers a “super” loss.

Fondly referred to as “Satuyang Sa’od,” the Naga Supermarket was at one point the largest public market in Asia. It had been a source of pride of the Bicolanos. During its construction in the early 1970’s, the impressive concrete edifice rose with two large covered floors and an open roof deck, occupying two city blocks. The supermarket was one of its kind until the mega Malls became popular.

Two underpasses cross the belly of the building assuring easy mobility of pedestrians and tricyles. At the center, a spiral ramp was designed to allow wooden carts and vehicles to bring merchandise directly to the top. Huge stairways service the commercial edifice for the convenience of sellers and shoppers alike. Natural breeze aerates the sturdy building.

The supermarket is a major hub of activity in Naga City. At the break of dawn people flock to the place to start the busy day. Early “birds” in search for the proverbial “fat worm” are drawn in the commercial paradise where an eclectic mix of merchandise and service thrive. Off-school children and teenagers eager to earn cash help moms and pops tend their store. The market isn’t just a place to buy and sell, it’s also an interesting place where people congregate and socialize in Maogmang Lugar.

In specified sections of the supermarket, fresh fruits, organic vegetables, choice meat, and an array of farm harvests are sold hand-in-hand with locally made home furnishings and native products. There are carenderias, flower stores, beauty shops, and bakeries that keep business at fever pitch all throughout the seasons.

Known for its plebeian openness and domesticity, the supermarket is never short of exciting activity. Seafood are hauled from places like Calabanga, Pasacao, and Cabusao and sold in the market at mark down prices. Farmers from Pacol and Carolina bring baskets of balatong harvested from their gardens. Those from Panicuason and neighboring towns bring sacks of freshly harvested corn, talong, coconuts, and edible greens to the delight of shoppers. As far as Tinangis at the foot of Mount Isarog, they come with their fresh produce to sell. That’s why as a matter of habit, store-owners in the city and neighboring towns rely on the supermarket to keep their trade going.

Shoppers love the market for the tuyo, badi, tocino and longaniza they buy for their families, but it is also a place where they meet their friends and relatives. Pili sweets are mainstay favorites enjoyed by their visitors. Young and old, they enjoy the ukay-ukay and the ready-to-wear clothes stalls which sell copies of big name brands of fashionable apparels at low prices.

Newpapers and magazines are sold in the first floor. In the market’s upper levels, vendors offer familiar Bicolano foodstuffs— red hot sili, bawang, kangkong, petchay, sibulyas, laya, and kamatis. The tempting aroma of Bicol cuisine fills the air. Rows of eateries serve ice-cold fruit juices and halo-halo to banish the tropical heat of summer. Native calamay sweets, balisoso, dila-dila, and ibos are available for hungry shoppers. Puto, bokayo, latik, pinuyos and baduya never frustrate the taste of those who seek them in the market.

It’s no wonder why Naga sorely misses the market that has been razed by fire. Many ask how long it will take the government to restore the place to its original ambience. As one can imagine, the supermarket is the truly the heart of a vibrant city where businesses flourish and the soul of the people dwells. (Photo Credits: bingbing; hellochris; hellochris) =0=

Mayor Jess Robredo Meets Naga Fire Victims

In a gathering at the site of the fire that gutted the Naga Supermarket, Mayor Jesse Robredo explains to his constituents the measures he will take to tackle the problems that follow the displacement of vendors and shoppers of the market. According to Bicol Mail, an estimated P70 million worth of goods and property were lost. (Photo Credit: Bicol Mail, Movember 13, 2008)

RELATED BLOGS: “Naga Public Market (Supermarket) Burns Down” Posted by myty555 at 11/07/2008; “Huge Loss in Naga Supermarket Fire” Posted by mesiamd at 11/09/2008;”Fire brings woes to Naga City market vendors” Posted by mesiamd at 11/07/2008

UPDATE: Inquirer (11/17/08, Escandor J.) Announced by Sen. Joker Arroyo and Budget Sec. Rolando Andaya, the national government will release P70 million to finance the reconstruction of the city’s three-story public market. Fire damage assessment was upped to P100 million from the earlier reported P70 million reported.

Naga Public Market (Supermarket) Burns Down

November 7, 2008

The Naga City public market burned down last night while there was a black-out.  According to a friend, it started on the 2nd floor along the fish section.  As of this morning, firefighters still can’t enter the fiery structure but it is thought that even the 3rd floor will be unserviceable.  Doubts are even entertained if the first floor will be serviceable.  Fire-hose water run-off marred the ground floor.

True to our grim nature, the scuttlebutt is that Mayor Jesse Robredo had it burned down.  But it is a story few level-headed minds will entertain.  The city mayor was in a tug of war with the stall owners over the demolition and renovation of the said structure.  Current occupiers fear that with a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) type of construction they will lose their rights and that rent will go up.  The mayor has long been complaining of the low rental coupled with a high level of delinquency.  He also points out that the public market is no longer in step with the growing city.

The immediate question after the incident is where market vendors will ply their trade and where people can buy their daily needs.  This morning the market vendors used Igualdad and Gen. Luna Streets as their makeshift market. But this is a problem that must be resolved very soon. Of course, that is the forte of the current mayor of the city.