UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF DAUIN PUBLIC MARKET: Andam na ang 80 Million nga PUNDO alang sa pagpadayon sa pagtiwas sa Dauin Public Market
Getting to Dauin
One of the many budget-friendly options in getting to this municipality is through an easy ride. Terminal for this ride is located just between the Fruit Market and the Belfry along Colon Street. Riding an easy ride will take about 30-45 minutes from the terminal going to the Dauin market and only cost around Php 20.00.
Another option in getting to Dauin is via a bus. Since Dumaguete only has one Ceres Bus Terminal, it would not be such a hustle to find the terminal. It will take about 20-25 minutes from the terminal to Dauin Market and will cost approximately PHP 15-20.00 as well for both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned bus rides. The good thing about riding a bus is you will get the choice of riding an air-conditioned bus or not.
If you are into the spirit of riding local rides, the jeepney is another option in getting to Dauin. Terminal for jeepney is located just in front of Robinsons Place Dumaguete along the crossing of Valencia Road (Jose Romero Road). This jeepney terminal travels for Zamboaguita but will surely pass Bacong and Dauin, therefore, it will be wise to tell the driver or the conductor to stop you of at where you want to be. Traveling time will take about 20-30 minutes and will cost about Php 20.00.
Private rides can also be arranged from hotels and beach resorts in Dauin and will costs around Php 600-800 transportation via their service van or car.
Landmarks and Tourist Attractions of Dauin
The colonial Church of San Nicolas can be found in the town of Dauin. The church is the oldest in the Negros Oriental province. Along the beach and on the front of the church can be explored the ruins of two dome-shaped watchtowers. The local legends are saying that the watchtowers used to be a warning post against pirates.
Part of Dauin municipality is also the Apo Island, one of world’s best ten dive locations. Dauin is visited by many tourists coming to enjoy diving in the turquoise clear waters and exploring the amazing underwater gardens, the marine life with exotic fish and beautiful corals. Apo Island is made of 72 hectares of volcanic land. This island on the eastern horizon of Negros Oriental province is an international favorite for snorkel enthusiasts and scuba diving fans.
The Dauin’s coast offers many scuba dive sites featuring beautiful coral reefs. The fishing activity is prohibited on several locations, such as Poblacion sanctuary, Mainit sanctuary, or the Masaplod sanctuary. These well preserved marine sites offer a wide variety of aquatic life forms. The diving sites around Dauin also offers the possibility to observe Wonderpus, blue-ringed octopus, poison ocellate octopus, mimic octopus, ambon scorpionfishes, and flamboyant cuttlefishes. The coral reefs are also inhabited by frogfishes and bumphead parrotfishes. The most popular diving sites are Mamsa, Coconut Point, Cogon, Chapel, and Rockpoint.
During Fire Desaster:
Fire of still unknown origin broke out at 12:30 a.m. Friday and razed the entire public market of Dauin, Negros Oriental, leaving an initial estimated P11 million damage to the government-owned property.
The cost of commodities and other goods that were also destroyed in the fire that lasted for more than three hours has yet to be determined, fire investigators said.
Seventy-six stalls were totally burned while four other stores were spared in the fire that engulfed the entire block occupied by the public market along the national highway in Dauin, about 12 kilometers south of this capital city.
No casualty was reported even though one person who was reportedly sleeping at one of the stores at the public market made it to safety, said SPO4 Procolito Briones of the Dauin police.
The Dauin fire personnel responded immediately to the callout received around 12:30 a.m. from a civilian, identified as Jury “Waway” Regalado, 16 years old, a resident of Poblacion 1, Dauin, who called the authorities, said Briones.
Initial investigation disclosed the fire appears to have started at the ceiling of the store owned by a certain Cristina Siason.
Others that responded were the fire departments of Dumaguete City, Bacong and Zamboanguita, and the Filipino-Chinese volunteers.
No looting took place at the fire scene which Dauin police immediately secured, said SFO4 Briones.
Meanwhile, Fire Officer 3 Joel Mission of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Dumaguete City said they received the fire alarm from the Bacong fire station at 1:00 in the morning and when they arrived at the fire scene, the fire had already spread to neighboring stalls and had engulfed the whole area.
Among the first responders included civilians who were playing billiard right across the street at a billiard hall.
Domingo Moral, Jr. and Samuel Alabata, Jr. who took a video footage of the initial stage of the fire disclosed they asked Regalado to inform the police and the fire station about the blaze.
FO3 Mission admitted they had problems with the water hydrant because of different size of the fire hose that will fit with the firehose of firetrucks from Dumagute, Filipino Chinese and the Pamela firetruck, except for firetrucks from Dauin, Zamboanga and Valencia.
According to Mission, Engine No. 5 of the Dumaguete Fire Station had to go back to Dumaguete to refill water from the overhead tank located at the public market in the city.
No casualty was reported but one of the firemen from Dumaguete Fire Officer 1 Rene Lagudas had to be brought to the city health clinic due to suffocation.