Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Educational assistance. OWWA - CAR Regional Director Manuela Peña and OWWA Deputy Administrator Esther Margaux Uson posts with beneficiaries of Tuloy Aral Program, an educational grant for dependents of OFWs who experienced difficult circumstances to ensure that their schooling in public elementary and high schools will continue. The awarding was part of the Reaching Out to OWWA members and beneficiaries at Hotel Supreme, march 10. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Outstanding Women Leaders. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin magalong administers the oath taking of the Outstanding Women Leaders (OWLs) Inc new set of officials, namely: President - Emerita Fuerte, VP - Jennifer Mejia, Secretary: Mary Ann Tresmanio, Treasurer - Maria Christine Ponce Garcia, PRO - Maria Victoria Bugasto, Business Managers - Mila Lingbawan Singson & Jocelyn Mariano and Board of Advisers - Marlene Baltazar De Castro, Patricia Ann Gallardo Marcelo, Perlita Chan Rondez, Leah Fariñas & Imelda DC Bisnar. The City Officials and OWLS also lead the launching of the Kababaihan Festival 2020 during the Flag Raising Ceremony, Monday March 3. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

United Front vs COVID. DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan affirms that as of March 13, Cordillera remains zero or no confirmed case of COVID - 19 and there are 12 Person Under Investigation that are admitted to various health facilities, wherein four of the already tested negative. She also calls for public cooperation, as she assured that DOH, along with their partner government agencies and hospitals are ready to respond to any eventuality. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

CAR farmers appeal to Mayor Isko on Divisoria closure this weekend

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 15(PIA) -- Vegetable farmers and traders from the Cordillera region are appealing to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso to allow them to deliver and sell their produce amidst the planned three-day closure of the roads going to the Divisioria Market this weekend.


La Trinidad Trading Post Truckers and Traders Association Grievance Committee Chairman Rudy Bulawan said that they received information from the Manila City Government that roads leading to Tondo, including those within the Divisoria area for the celebration of the feast of Sto. Niño of Tondo on January 17-19, 2020. This means that delivery and sale of highland vegetables would not be allowed on the said dates.

Such situation, Bulawan said, would mean   huge losses for the vegetable farmers and traders and the vegetable industry.

La Trinidad Trading Post Truckers and Traders Association Grievance Committee Chairman Rudy Bulawan appeals to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to let the farmers and traders sell and deliver their vegetables at the Divisoria Market on Jan. 17 to 19, 2020 despite the scheduled Feast of Santo Nino of Tondo.( RMC PIA-CAR)  

At least 80 percent of highland vegetables being sold in the Metro Manila markets and other markets in the Visayas and Mindanao areas comes from the La Trinidad Trading Post.

Vegetables at the La Trading are produce from the 13 towns of Benguet including some towns of Mountain Province and Ifugao.

Bulawan explained that Divisoria market is the largest “bagsakan” or the trading area of various vegetables in Metro Manila coming from the different parts of Luzon.  Divisoria accommodates more than 500, 000 kilograms of assorted highland vegetables everyday out of the 1.2 to 1.5 million kilograms of vegetables transported from the La Trinidad Trading Post daily. 

He claimed that the closure of the Divisoria market for three days will aggravate the prevailing situation where the buying prices of vegetables are at its lowest due to overproduction resulting to heavy losses for farmers.

Bulawan appealed to the local officials of La Trinidad and Benguet to help them in their situation particularly in having a dialogue with Mayor Moreno and save them from impending losses.

“Nananawagan po kaming mga traders, kasama na ang mga magsasaka kay Mayor Isko Moreno na pagbigyan nyo po ang aming kahilingang makapag deliver at maibenta ang mga gulay sa susunod na mga araw dahil malaking kalugihan sa mga magsasaka ang hindi pagbenta mg mahigit isang milyong kilo ng gulay. Nananawagan din kami sa mga officials natin sa Benguet na tulungan nyo kaming maiparating ang aming kahilingan para hindi malugi ang mga magsasaka” he said.

On Monday, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda said that he already sent a message to the office of Mayor Moreno requesting for a dialogue regarding this concern.  

Gov. Melchor Diclas said that his office has coordinated initially with Salda to look into the immediate actions to be done particularly the dialogue between the local officials of Benguet, farmers and traders group and the officials of Manila.

Diclas said he will also coordinate with Agriculture Secretary William Dar and the DA-CAR Regional Office to support farmers and traders in their plight. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR) 

Porters fill up a truck of highland vegetables to be delivered and traded from the La Trinidad Trading Post to the Divisoria Market on Monday. Farmers and traders are appealing to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to let them sell their vegetable produce at the Divisoria Market despite the impending closure of the roads for the Feast of Santo Nino of Tondo on Jan. 17 to 19, 2020. RMC PIA-CAR

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis




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