Friday, November 23, 2007

Decade 1960s

Many Tukuranons had enjoyed the abundance of the sea. Some of them found fortune in fish trading in neighboring towns and provinces.

The center of the trading is in Curvada (the present PNP visibility post). Cans from the shore to Curvada were manually handled and which contained fresh fish. The trading activity was very progressive. There was Chinese -Filipinos who once lived there but vanished later due to their superstitious beliefs that the town was not favorable for business. Lab-aseros, fish traders, had usually experienced a difficulty in transporting the tuna to Curvada due to its sticky muddy road going to the trading center. Lupoy, an ordinary fish during this time were visible at Canawa creek during high tide, and even crabs and other seashore creatures were of abundance. Trucks from Aurora stayed only at Curvada because of the poor road condition.

The Dawn of Fishing Industry

This decade was characterized by peace and prosperity unlike the preceding decade that was characterized by military instability and natural calamities. As to the account of Atty. Francisco D. Boter, the election registrar of the municipality, on his article on Pagadian times:

At that time, the annual income was about 45,000 with Mayor Calletor. It was a buzzing and booming town with so much promise of prosperity ahead – being the greatest fishing ground of the whole province.

The street and the market place were teeming with fish vendors and vendees coming from Pagadian City, Aurora and Molave. Trucks were heavily loaded with fish bound for Ozamiz, Iligan, and Cagayan de Oro City.

The Muslims and Christians freely trade with one another with so many things in common to live peacefully in common pursuit of farming and taking advantage of the abundance of the fish she could offer.

I say to my self then that in not too distant future, the people of Tukuran would make up to find her favorite place in the sun.[1]

[1] Francisco D. Boter, Atty., Pagadian Times 1977,

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