When I first arrived in Gen San in 1982, Modern was not a word in the vocabulary of Gen San at all in that period of time as it was anything but modern!
The airport had a grass runway with farm animals grazing on it so they had to be chased away in order for the little Focker F50 aircraft to land after the journey from Cebu!
Within the City at that time were only small bars, eatery’s, a very small Market and a few shops. At least there was no Karaoke then! Some Concrete Roads were under construction but not many, you could sit in the center of the National Highway and play chess without much fear of getting run over, that shows how much traffic there was back then!
NOW, We have lots of stuff in the City, there are Malls, we have a big SM with 2 baby Save More Stores, We have Robinson’s which is not really doing well! We have KCC which is really good and the Gaisano Mall which is just adding a big extension! We have Fit Mart which is small but busy and under construction is the RD Mall of Gen San. For a small City that’s a lot of shopping! We had to go to Davao before to get good food and good stuff but no more, all I need is here in Gen San!
Most of the City Roads are now Concrete and very good condition, New roads and Bridges are being built and widened all the time. Not only do we have roads but we have other modern gadgets which go with them such as roundabouts, we now have not one but two of these, impressive don’t you think! Colorful traffic lights, we have now got 8 sets now, once the tricycle drivers learn how to use the correctly they will be useful! We have a Bypass road going to the Airport the east of the City in Katangawan which saves a lot of time, the Airport was built by US Aid and should be good but needs cleaning and a lot of love and attention now! There is another Bypass road being built from the Airport to the fish port but its not finished yet but will be soon! We have LED street lights all over the place and even a couple of solar powered lights! The Fish Port is doing a bit better just now as more fish is landing but nothing near as good as it was about 3 years ago!
The construction of accommodation such as Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses, Apartments and Lodging Houses are being built up all over the area, even now, new buildings are up for sale as there are not enough customers to keep them viable! Commercial Buildings, the ones with the Roller Shutter Door are also being built in great numbers but many have never has a single occupant!
The City is really developing and in the future I can foresee all the buildings being occupied but as of now, times are a bit slow but many people are buying expensive new vehicles but things will look up in the future!