Gensets sell like hotcakes in Mabalacat-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
MABALACAT CITY -- Monstrous traffic jams was created Monday after people from Nueva Ecija and Tarlac stormed variety shops in Barangay Dau here to buy generator sets, grass cutters, chainsaws and other equipment they may use after the devastations wrought by Typhoon “Santi.”
The traffic congestion, which started shortly after noon and lasted around 6 p.m., reached Angeles City proper.
Chief Inspector Eduardo Tolentino, Dau police commander, said motorists buying equipment "double parked" their vehicles and this caused the problem.
He residents in Nueva Ecija learned that electricity in their province will only be restored by December, before the Christmas holidays.
Tolentino said that Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan even called the attention of the Mabalacat officials and police force regarding the problem and asked his traffic enforcers to assist in decongesting the traffic.
Variety shops in Dau were established several decades ago, during the time of the Americans where PX goods were sold in the black market.
When the US military bases pulled out from Clark Air Base, some of the merchants here shifted to selling hardware items.
Tolentino said many of these shops reportedly made gross sales of more than P2 million just last Monday.
But the prices of generator sets and other equipment allegedly jacked up because of the high demand.
Mabalacat Mayor Marino Morales appealed to businessmen not to abuse people who were badly affected by the recent calamity.
"Sa panahong ito, dapat magmahalan at magtulungan tayo," Morales said.
The mayor said he instructed the city police to watch over the district. As of Monday, buyers continue to gather in the area to buy various hardware items.
Morales said Dau is famous for its PX goods and surplus equipment.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 16, 2013.