Ramon Chavez Street in Cagayan de Oro City used to have far more ironmongers than can still be found there today. The traders are being displaced by new buildings.
FATIMA’s big scrap yard on the corner of Captain Vicente Roa Street has also been closed down and the company renamed FATCOM. We have old memories from the 1980s.
At that time, iron was sold here in all kinds of shapes and sold by the kilo. The required piece was sawn off large iron plates, rods or pipes.
We found Arnold Montenegro, who sells a shop for hydraulic equipment on heavy equipment. Next to it there is a shop for pulleys and chains for tyres. There isn’t really any snow here, but there is a lot of mud on the construction sites and access roads, so these chains come in handy.
Finally, we talked to the people at FATCOM, where one of them was busy cutting small iron plates from a large plate with a welding torch.
It was interesting to talk to the people there and watch them at work.
REAL Life in the PHILIPPINES – Daily life in Cagayan de Oro City, Northern Mindanao, Philippines
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