Saturday, October 23, 2021

Vendor still mourns wife’s death in quake

A MASS was held yesterday at the makeshift public market of Mandaue City to commemorate the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that killed a meat vendor and injured dozens inside the market building a year ago.

Benedicto Casul, 47, lit candles on the spot where his wife, meat vendor Jurinda, died after getting hit by falling debris.

A year after the tragedy, Casul said the death of his wife still pains him and their four children.

“Lisud gyud makalimtan ang panghitabo kay kalit man ang iyang pagkawagtang (It’s hard to forget because her death was so sudden),” the former seaman told reporters.

Casul continues their business at the public market, but he lamented he is earning less now because he occupies a stall in the back of the makeshift market, which is located across the street from the abandoned market building..

Had she been alive, Jurinda would have witnessed their eldest daughter graduate from college last April and pass the licensure examination for electronic communications engineers early this month, Casul said,

In an earlier interview, he said he hopes his three other children could be granted scholarships.

His second child, 18, is on his second year as an information technology student, while his twins, 14, attend Grade 8. The three study at the University of Cebu-Lapu-Lapu Mandaue Campus.

The City had given the family P50,000 in cash assistance.

At least 36 vendors and buyers were injured during the earthquake and given financial aid.

The City Government hopes to build a new public market and enter into a partnership with the private sector in rehabilitating the damaged market building.

Market Administrator Musoline Suliva said the new market building will rise in the site of the first public market behind the St. Joseph’s Academy in Barangay Centro.

The construction may cost P300 million, he said.

He said the City targets to start the construction before the year ends.

“Life must go on. Maninguha ta mubarog og balik (We should strive to get back on our feet),” Suliva said.
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