Her business was spared from the market fire … but what is the cost?

The “Daisy Carinderia” is an eatery located in the now fire razed market of Estancia.

She wants to give up but her granddaughter is intellectually disabled and requires constant care and the expenses are high.

Established by Daisy Tabernilla (62) and now operated jointly with her daughter Chona (35) she is so upset and traumatised because this is now the third disaster in less than two years.

Daisy Tabernilla (62) and with her daughter Chona (35) owner/operators of the Daisy Carinderia. Daiy is so  upset and traumatised because this is now the third disaster in less than two years.
Daisy Tabernilla (62) and with her daughter Chona (35) owner/operators of the Daisy Carinderia. Daiy is so upset and traumatised because this is now the third disaster in less than two years.

She has personally seen two (2) fires now and SuperTyphoon Yolanda: the largest tropical cyclone ever recorded.

The first fire was on October 8, 2012. She remembers the day so well when the whole market was burned to the ground and yet somehow her eatery was spared. Only a few returned to reconstruct and the market that has operated since only half its original size.

Then one year later Yolanda came on November 8, 2013. Over half her business space was destroyed and her stock gone. She was so upset and stressed but once more they rebuilt and returned.

Last night the fire erupted and they came down to the market and worked into the night helped by her staff to clear out stock in case the fire spread and also to avoid looters. She did not get home until the early hours of the morning and then returned at 5am to continue the cleanup. The employees helped to rearrange tables and return the stock.

She is one of only a couple of businesses now remaining in the market site. So even though she still has her diner, her income will drop as the market is now empty.

She says the attitude in Estancia now is to keep quiet “if there is less talk, there will be less mistakes”

She has no choice but to relocate to a new site recently ordered by the council. She will rebuild the eatery herself at her own expense on the new site.

The new site has only small sites for businesses; a space of 3 x 6. This is ok for a Sari Sari store but if she is forced into a space that small she will have only room for her cooking space and somewhere to store stock and equipment. There will be no room for tables so it will be a take-out business only. Her income will reduce.

She is so concerned about her employees because she knows that with the reduction in income she won’t be able to employ so many. She is sad because they are all victims of Yolanda too. They all came last night to help her.

Employees of the Daisy Carinderia worked into the night to protect stocks from looters and further spread of the fire. They are all Yolanda victims too. What will they do for employment now?
Employees of the Daisy Carinderia worked into the night to protect stocks from looters and further spread of the fire. They are all Yolanda victims too. What will they do for employment now?

She wants to give up but her granddaughter is intellectually disabled and requires constant care and the expenses are high. If she could find an alternate source of income she would pack up and walk away but she worries about what her daughter would do and how she would support her granddaughter.

She is afraid of the consequences of speaking about this and made me promise there would be no repercussions for her if her story is published. Can I promise that?

“Thank you for coming here and caring” she said as I walked away.

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