Blessing and Inauguration of Caleriohan Public MarketWritten by Mayliw D. Sandoval
- Created: 21 April 2014
Caleriohan is approximately 17 kilometres away from the town center. Like any other upland barangays, it is favoured with vast and lush farmlands where abundant supply of vegetables has contributed to the Dalaguete’s fame as the “Vegetable Basket of Cebu.” The paving of the road from Mantalongon going to Alegria has increased the economic activities of Barangay Caleriohan which is closer to the barangay boundaries of Badian and Alegria. Seeing the strategic location of Caleriohan and the potential for increased economic growth, the Municipal Government of Dalaguete (MGD) decided to put up a convenient place for vegetable trading to capture not only the nearby barangays but also the upland areas of Badian, Alegria and Alcoy.
The Caleriohan Public Market is the third trading place that was undertaken through a loan. The other two income-generating infrastructures were the Dalaguete Commercial Center in Poblacion and the Mantalongon Public Market. All three markets have been constructed by administration through the Municipal Engineering Office that brought more savings to the municipal coffers. With the 700 square-metre Caleriohan Public Market, LGU-Dalaguete reaps a savings of more or less 1,000 pesos per square metre.
The Blessing and Inauguration of the 2-storey Caleriohan Public Market took place last March 8, 2014 as the community, led by Barangay Captain Elias Jabagat and his Kagawads, gathered together to celebrate this milestone. While waiting for the visitors, the Caleriohan National High School (NHS) Drum and Lyre Corps invigorated the ambiance. The mass was officiated by Rev. Fr. Renato “Gamgam” Gamolot of San Isidro Labrador Parish in Mantalongon. It was attended by the Municipal Mayor, Hon. Ronald Allan G. Cesante, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Member Teofilo Dicdican, Municipal employees, Caleriohan NHS teaching staff and students headed by their Teacher-In-Charge (TIC) Mr. Gilmore Cariquitan, Caleriohan Barangay Officials, Health Workers,Tanods, parents and children. Barangay Captains from Mantalongon, Maloray, Tabon, Dugyan, Catolohan and Obo were also present during the mass.
The Mayor, assisted by Barangay Captain Jabagat and Hon. Dicdican, did the honor of cutting the ribbon to officially open the public market. Rev. Fr. Renato Gamorot blessed the entire building starting from 1st floor which is allocated as the Packing Area of the vegetables going to the 2nd floor which has 15 stalls rented out to concessionaires, 12 stalls for fish area and 6 stalls for meat area.
The inauguration was highlighted by a short program which started with a Welcome Address by Barangay Captain Jabagat, expressing his fervent gratitude to everyone for coming and for being a part of the event. The Caleriohan NHS Dancers, together with the Caleriohan NHS teachers, spiced up the ceremony by presenting a dance number bedecked with colorful costumes and upbeat classical songs that made the crowd rejuvenated as the young faces of the dancers reflected the hope and strength of the community.
Mayor Cesante gave his message and thanked those who were involved in the construction of the market including Land Bank of the Philippines that approved a loan of 5.5 million pesos to LGU-Dalaguete. The Mayor, in his message, stressed that the purpose of Caleriohan Market was to provide a convenient place for the farmers and prevent accumulation of vendors along the road which can cause traffic. He added that it will be beneficial for the farmers since they can get a fair share of the vegetables and crops by selling them at a profitable amount which commensurate to their toil and capital investments. As the Mayor pointed out that the market plays a great role in the proper handling and packaging of vegetables thereby maintaining the freshness and avoiding possible damages to vegetables so that they will reach their destination in the best quality with the use of crates to safeguard the vegetables. Lastly, he cited that we need to maintain the good quality of vegetables not only to compete with the other products coming from different sources but also to live up with the good reputation for which Dalaguete bears the title as the “Vegetable Basket of Cebu.”
With the noble purpose of increasing the income of farmers, may the objectives of this project will be achieved as we journey to the road of continued prosperity and success.