Know More About Carmen
Carmenanons love to celebrate! Aside from the fun-filled activities during the celebration of St. Anthony Abad’s feast day on January 17th, the people also celebrate every June 12th, Independence Day. They gather at the Poblacion for merrymaking activities such as “tug-of-war” competitions between residents of different barangays, horse racing and more.
Carmenanons are hard working. If they are not in their fields tilling crops, they are at the Poblacion, trading. Saturday is market day in Carmen. Their public market is newly renovated and the area where the market is located is the business district of the town where trading and commercial activity is mostly confined.
Banks and other financial institutions are present; lending firms, pawnshops and money forwarding services are also available as well as bakeries, restaurants and more. Yet if you happen to pass by the Carmen Public Market, it is a hive of activity, not only during “tabo” or market day, but daily!
The town is strategically located. Two national roads that stretch from coast to coast intersect at Carmen and buses that ply both roads stop at the public market for passengers. And this is not only a once-a-day occurrence but almost every hour, daily. People disembark and embark at the bus stop. Business is thriving in the area where people on the go seek food and drinks to appease their thirst and their empty stomachs.
The Carmenanons are also into furniture making, bamboo crafting and mat weaving, although on a small-scale basis only. It is home to the Philippine Starch Industrial Corporation and now, Palm Oil Incorporated.
The Municipal Government of Carmen is operating four (4) economic enterprises: market, slaughterhouse, water system, heavy equipment and the Chocolate Hills Complex.
With regards to agriculture, Carmen occupies a total land area of 29,804 hectares; 52% of which is used for agriculture. Rice is the major crop planted followed by corn and cassava.
The raising of livestock is also a key livelihood activity in Carmen. People are into the raising of chickens, hogs, carabaos (water buffaloes), cattle and goats. There are two breeding stations in operation in the municipality that focuses on artificial insemination on large and small animals.
Business may be thriving in the town yet there are still a number of households that are considered poor or are below the food threshold level. 11 of these households are eating less than three meals a day. This may be alleviated in the near future with the municipality’s aim to improve the economic condition of the town and its inhabitants.
Reference: The Official Website of the Municipality of Carmen